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Noda calls up Manmohan after postponement of his Japan visit

Posted on Nov 15, 06:32PM | UNI

After postponement of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Japan that was to begin today, his Japanese counterpart Yoshihiko Noda telephoned him this morning and the two decided to meet on a fresh date.

The visit for annual India-Japan Summit was deferred after elections were announced by Mr Noda yesterday.

"Keeping in view that the dissolution of the Japanese Lower House of Parliament would be announced on November 16, it was felt that the visit to Japan of the Prime Minister of India can take place at a later date," the Ministry of External Affairs said here giving an account of the telephonic conversation between the two leaders.

The two Prime Ministers reviewed their bilateral relations and welcomed the fact that the India-Japan Strategic and Global Partnership was stronger than ever before, the MEA said.

They 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 the Prime Minister to Japan would be discussed through diplomatic channels.