Telephone interview with the foreign ministers of Japan and India

On November 22, 2021 from 3:50 p.m., Foreign Minister HAYASHI Yoshimasa spoke for about twenty minutes by telephone with Mr. Subrahmanyam JAISHANKAR, Minister of External Affairs of India. Here is the summary of their interview:

  1. Referring in the preamble to the fact that the year 2023 would be the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and India, Minister HAYASHI said he wished to work closely with his Indian counterpart to further develop the Strategic Partnership. global and special Japan – India. For his part, Minister JAISHANKAR congratulated Minister HAYASHI on his appointment as head of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and indicated that he similarly wished to collaborate closely with Minister HAYASHI in strengthening Japanese – Indian relations.
  1. The two ministers discussed relations between the two countries and, confirming the extreme importance of a resumption of summit exchanges on an annual basis, assured to study the organization at the most appropriate time for the two countries to come to India. Prime Minister KISHIDA, as well as Ministerial Politico-Military Consultations (“2 + 2 Meeting”) Japan – India. Likewise, the two ministers confirmed the continuation of their cooperation both in the field of security and defense – particularly in new areas such as cyber-security, space, economic security and safety – and on economic plan (responses to climate change, digital, health care, etc.), as well as the continued development of the Mumbai – Ahmedabad high speed train site, a flagship project of Japanese-Indian cooperation.
  1. The two ministers confirmed that their two countries will work closely together to achieve their shared vision of a “free and open Indo-Pacific” via bilateral and quadrilateral cooperation (Japan – United States, Australia – India).
  1. The two ministers also discussed the regional situation and shared their strong opposition to any unilateral attempt to forcibly change the status quo in the East and South China Seas as well as to any economic pressure. Likewise, they confirmed that the two countries would deepen their cooperation on economic security and safety, in particular through the resilience of supply chains. The two ministers also discussed the situation in North Korea, including its nuclear and ballistic activities, and Minister HAYASHI asked for India’s understanding and support on the kidnapping issue. The two ministers also agreed to continue their collaboration on the situation in Myanmar or Afghanistan, on global challenges such as the fight against COVID-19 and terrorism or on the international level concerning issues such as disarmament and non-proliferation or reform of the UN Security Council.

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