Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed Japan as one of India’s most valued partners during his three-day visit to the US.
PM Modi said that he had meeting with his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga on a variety of subjects that would boost cooperation between the two nation.
PM Modi tweeted, “Japan is one of India’s most valued partners. I had an excellent meeting with PM@sugawitteron a variety of subjects that would further boost cooperation between our nations. A strong India-Japan friendship augurs well for the entire planet,”
Reportedly, PM Modi and his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga in the meeting discussed several issues including ways to give further impetus to trade and cultural ties.
Notably, this was PM Modi’s first in-person meeting with Suga after the latter took over the reins from Shinzo Abe last year.
The meeting comes a day ahead of the first in-person summit of the Quad, quadrilateral cooperation between Australia, India, Japan and the United States.
Earlier, in April, 2021, PM Modi had a telephonic conversation with PM Suga. They discussed cooperation in diverse areas including high technology, skill development and combating the covid-19 pandemic together.
Today, apart from PM Modi, Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison and PM Suga will participate in the summit hosted by the US President.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in a statement said that in the summit the leaders will review progress made since their first virtual summit on March 12, this year and will also discuss regional issues of shared interests.