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Japan PM updates Singh on political front

Posted on Nov 15, 06:30PM | IBNS

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Thursday called his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh to update him on the political developments in his country.

"Japanese Prime Minister H. E. Mr. Yoshihiko Noda telephoned Prime Minister earlier today in the context of the fast paced political developments in Japan," said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

"The two Prime Ministers welcomed the fact that the India-Japan Strategic and Global Partnership is stronger than ever before. Keeping in view that the dissolution of the Japanese Lower House of Parliament would be announced on November 16, 2012, it was felt that the visit to Japan of the Prime Minister of India can take place at a later date."

The MEA said, reviewing bilateral relations, the two Prime Ministers also welcomed the conclusion of the Agreement between India and Japan on Social Security as well as the Memorandum on Cooperation in the Rare Earths Industry in India and looked forward to early signing of these two documents.

"The two Prime Ministers reiterated their desire to maintain the schedule of Annual Summits and agreed that fresh dates for the visit of Prime Minister to Japan will be discussed through diplomatic channels," said the MEA.