Published: Tue, October 30, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Abe, Modi chill at country retreat ahead of summit talks:The Asahi Shimbun

Abe, Modi chill at country retreat ahead of summit talks:The Asahi Shimbun

The Japanese Foreign Ministry said the leaders had lunch at a hotel in Yamanashi Prefecture, west of Tokyo, and exchanged a wide range of views on pursuing "a free and open" Indo-Pacific region. A new Foreign and Defence Ministerial Dialogue, termed 2+2, was also announced to supplement an already formidable array of bilateral dialogue mechanisms that include the Annual Defence Ministerial Dialogue, Defence Policy Dialogue and the National Security Advisers Dialogue.

Before the bilateral talks, PM Modi was accorded a ceremonial reception at the Japanese Prime Minister's office with Abe joining him during the Guard of Honour.

At Monday's summit meeting, Abe and Modi are likely to reconfirm cooperation under a framework among countries including Japan, India and the United States, as well as Japan-India defense cooperation.

PM said, "Last year our scientists created record by launching over 100 satellites into space simultaneously.We sent Chandrayaan and Mangalyaan at very low expense". Sharing his thoughts in the 49th edition of Mann Ki Baat today, Mr Modi said, wherever there will be a talk of world peace, India's name and contribution will be written in golden letters.

During the joint statement, PM Modi said that India and Japan "agree that from digital partnership to cyberspace, health, defence, ocean to space, in every field we will strengthen our partnership".

On Sunday Abe and Modi visited a factory operated by robot manufacturer Fanuc
On Sunday Abe and Modi visited a factory operated by robot manufacturer Fanuc

The prime minister leaves for India later today.

Recognising the unparalleled potential for development of relations between the two countries, the prime ministers reviewed the significant milestones achieved over the last four years.

In a message to top the country, PM Abe said India is driving the region and the world's prosperity as a global power.

In another sign of closer relations, India and Japan are to hold their first joint military exercises involving ground forces, starting next month. He arrived Saturday and was invited to Abe's vacation house near Mount Fuji on Sunday for private talks. "There are no negatives but only opportunities in this relationship which are waiting to be seized". "We're rapidly moving towards being no.1 in mobile phones manufacturing", Modi said while addressing the Indian community at an event in Tokyo. The Indian PM is one of the 18 persons Abe follows on Twitter. Half of the amount would be allocated to the railway project in western India using Japan's "bullet train" technology, according to the signed documents.

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