Krishna's joint presser with Japanese counterpart

Last Updated: Mon, Apr 30, 2012 17:32 hrs

New Delhi, Apr 30 (IBNS) External Affairs Minister SM Krishna's Media Statement at the Joint Press Interaction during the Visit of Foreign Minister of Japan:

Your Excellency Foreign Minister Gemba


Ladies and Gentlemen of the Media.

Foreign Minister Gemba and I have held the 6th India - Japan Strategic Dialogue earlier this morning. We have also had discussions, along with our distinguished delegations, in the 1st Ministerial-level Economic Dialogue between our countries.

In the course of the Strategic Dialogue, we reviewed political and security cooperation between our nations. We expressed satisfaction that the India - Japan Strategic & Global Partnership is stronger than ever before.

We agreed to launch two new dialogue mechanisms between the two Foreign Ministries. The first is a cyber security dialogue; the second a maritime dialogue, both of which will be at the level of officials. They will further deepen our relations.

We look forward to the first naval exercise later this year between the Indian Navy and the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force.

We discussed ways of furthering our cooperation in the field of rare earths. After today´s discussions, I am convinced that we are close to take-off stage in this important area of our bilateral cooperation.

We also discussed the possibility of civil nuclear cooperation between our countries. We have instructed our negotiators on the way forward.

In our Economic Dialogue, which will continue after this press interaction, we discussed the entire gamut of issues in which our two countries cooperate. In particular, we agreed on how to accelerate cooperation in the flagship DMIC or Delhi - Mumbai Industrial Corridor project.

We also had a preliminary exchange of ideas on the Chennai - Bengaluru Corridor which had been initiated by our Prime Ministers at their meeting last December. We have agreed that Japan will assist in chalking out a Comprehensive Master Plan for the project.

We also discussed cooperation in the railways sector including the ongoing Dedicated Freight Corridor project as well as the possibility of India obtaining High Speed Rail technology from Japan.

Overall, we have had excellent discussions during the course of the morning which we are confident will take the India - Japan Strategic Partnership forward.

I thank you for your attention.

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