India, Japan reaffirm importance of bilateral defence ties
Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe on Monday reaffirmed the importance of defence relations between India and Japan in their strategic partnership and decided to upgrade and strengthen them.
According to the Tokyo Declaration for the India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership, they welcomed the signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation and Exchanges in the field of defence during the visit. In this context, they attached importance to the regularization of bilateral maritime exercises as well as to Japan's continued participation in India-US Malabar series of exercises. They also welcomed the existing dialogue mechanism and joint exercises between Indian and Japanese Coast Guards.
Prime Minister Modi welcomed the recent developments in Japan's policy on transfer of defence equipment and technology. The two Prime Ministers expressed the hope that this would usher in a new era of cooperation in defence equipment and technology. They recognized the enormous future potential for transfer and collaborative projects in defence equipment and technology between the two countries.
They welcomed progress made in discussions in the Joint Working Group on cooperation in US-2 amphibian aircraft and its technology, and directed their officials to accelerate their discussions. They also directed their officials to launch working-level consultations between the two countrieswith a view to promoting defence equipment and technology cooperation.
The two Prime Ministers recognized their wide-ranging shared interests in security of maritime and cyber domains, and decided to work with each other and with like-minded partners to preserve the integrity and inviolability of these global commons.
They affirmed their shared commitment to maritime security, freedom of navigation and overflight, civil aviation safety, unimpeded lawful commerce, and peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law.
(Posted on 02-09-2014)