Modi, Abe to set 'future direction' of partnership this week: MEA


The India-Japan annual meet to be held on September14 in presence of PM Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will witness the MoU sigining ceremony attracting investments of around Rs 5 lakh crore.

The two leaders last met in July on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. Abe will be the second head of state after Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit Gujarat for bilateral talks with India. "The two leaders will review the recent progress in the multifaceted cooperation between India and Japan under the framework of their special strategic and global partnership and will set its future direction", MEA said in a statement. The Railways have already set up the National High Speed Corporation Limited not only to implement the first bullet train but also to implement these six other "bullet train" projects. "A parallel CEO conference will also be held at the same venue, where representatives from both India and Japan will participate", the official said, adding that an entire hotel in western Ahmedabad has been booked to accommodate a Japanese delegation that will be arriving with Abe, the report added.

The new sanctions on North Korea adopted by the U.N. Security Council were welcomed by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who said the worldwide community has shown a united front against the increasingly belligerent country. At their annual defence dialogue last week, the two countries had resolved to collaborate closely in defence production, including on dual use technology.

The visit's agenda includes a proposed maritime security deal promoting naval cooperation in the Indian Ocean region.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says that his country endorses the adoption of the UN Security Council resolution which extends sanctions on Pyongyang. "Outcomes are under discussions right now and it won't be proper for me to comment at this stage".

New Railway Minister Piyush Goyal dismissed talk of the inauspicious period during the curtainraiser he gave at a hurriedly-called media briefing.

The pact is created to help meet electricity demand in the fast-growing South Asian economy through nuclear power generation, but concerns remain that technology exported to India, which conducted nuclear tests in 1974 and 1998 without joining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, could be used for military purposes. "This (the talks) is acquiring gradual maturity".

He also said that the works for the terminal in Sabarmati would start from September 14 itself. India has been a strong votary of freedom of navigation in the South China Sea and maintains that the dispute should be resolved according to the United Nations Convention of Law of Sea (UNCLOS).