Japanese PM telephones Manmohan Singh, reviews bilateral ties

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 15, 2012 15:10 hrs

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda telephoned Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh earlier today in the context of the fast paced political developments in Japan.

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, it was felt that Dr. Singh's visit to Japan could take place at a later date.

Dr. Singh was to visit Japan for three days in the first leg of his two-nation tour from today to November 20.

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. (ANI)

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