India’s External Affairs Minister and Defense Minister during the 2nd India-Japan 2+2 Ministerial Meeting in Tokyo
Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar said today that India and Japan should work together more closely on foreign and security policy issues.
“The 2nd India-Japan 2+2 Ministerial Meeting is taking place against the backdrop of a complicated global environment. Conflicts and climatic events have further aggravated the global economic situation, creating deep concerns for energy and food security. Trust and transparency are our common concerns in a digitized world.
In the face of such challenges, the case for India and Japan to collaborate more closely on foreign and security policy issues has become even stronger,” Jaishankar said in a press release in Tokyo, the capital of Japan. , after attending the ministerial meeting with Defense Minister Rajnath. Singh, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada.
Jaishankar said, “We are two nations committed to promoting a rules-based order, ensuring respect for international law and standards, and safeguarding the global commons. Added to our efforts in this regard are now the need to create resilient and reliable supply chains in the aftermath of the Covid pandemic. Our consultations in various forms have emphasized the imperative of economic security. We are also working together on cybersecurity, 5G deployment and critical and strategic minerals. These were part of the agenda for our deliberations today.”
He added that it was essential for India and Japan to strengthen their foreign policy coordination in order to realize the real benefits of the substantial convergence of our interests and perspectives. They obviously focus on the Indo-Pacific but also extend to many other regional, global and multilateral platforms.
The Foreign Minister acknowledged that Thursday’s exchange of views on crucial situations facing the international community was useful.
He also mentioned ongoing efforts to deepen defense exchanges between India and Japan and explore areas of practical cooperation.
“Our special strategic and global partnership reflects interests and expands our footprint which extends far beyond the immediate region. By developing our own links and working with other partners, we are both guided by common values and principles. We have a special responsibility to ensure a free, open, inclusive and prosperous Indo-Pacific. This is done through a range of policies and mechanisms, including cooperation in the Quad framework, use of ASEAN platforms, and participation in bodies like ReCAAP, Supply Chain Resilience Initiative, etc. ”, Jaishankar said.
He said India and Japan are also set to push forward the Indo-Pacific Ocean Initiative, the Indo-Pacific Maritime Domain Awareness Partnership and the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, among others.
Jaishankar said India and Japan are members of influential global groupings. India will chair the G20 next year, overlapping Japan’s G-7 presidency. “Our shared commitment to reformed multilateralism is reflected in the G-4 consultations we have regularly, which will be held later this month. As active providers of development aid, we see the benefits of cooperating in third countries, especially in Southeast Asia, South Asia and Africa,” he said.
He said the annual Prime Ministers’ Summit of India and Japan provided guidance for the 2+2 meeting. “I am confident that our deliberations will in turn contribute to the intensification and development of our partnership.”
The Minister of External Affairs also thanked the Government of Japan and especially the Ministers, you two for extending a warm welcome and hosting the Indian delegations in Tokyo.