Manmohan, Noda discusses steps to strengthen economic, geo-political ties

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 08:20 hrs

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh met his Japanese counterpart Yoshihiko Noda on the sidelines of the 10th ASEAN-India Summit in Phnom Penh on Tuesday and discussed steps to strengthen economic and geo-political relations between the two sides.

Dr. Singh's meeting with Noda comes only a few days after the Governments of India and Japan signed two agreements in Tokyo on Friday.

The first agreement was for cooperation on social security, which was signed by Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa, Ambassador of India to Japan, and Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba.

The second pact signed was a Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Atomic Energy of India and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan on cooperation in the rare earths industry in India.

Dr. Singh arrived in the Cambodian capital on Sunday for a three-day visit to attend the 10th ASEAN-India Summit and the seventh East Asia Summit (EAS).

India's Dialogue Partnership with the ASEAN countries is one of the cornerstones of its Look East Policy. India sees this partnership as a step to further economic growth and prosperity, peace and stability in the region. (ANI)

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