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Media Statements of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe at the press event held after the annual India-Japan summit level meeting

January 25, 2014

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh:Your Excellency Prime Minister Abe, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Media,

It is a great pleasure to welcome Prime Minister Abe to India. We are delighted that he was able to accept our invitation to be Chief Guest at our Republic Day celebrations this year. Together with the visit of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan to India last month, his visit exemplifies the momentum in our Strategic and Global Partnership.

Japan is at the heart of India’s Look East Policy. It is also a key partner in our economic development and in our quest for a peaceful, stable and prosperous Asia and the world. Anchored in our shared values and interests, the partnership between a strong and economically resurgent Japan and a transforming and rapidly growing India can be an effective force of good for the region.

Prime Minister Abe and I have just concluded a comprehensive Annual Summit meeting. We noted with satisfaction the growing frequency of our political engagement and our expanding defence and security cooperation. Our bilateral maritime exercises have now been established on an annual basis and we have welcomed Japan’s participation in the Malabar exercise this year.

Our negotiations towards an Agreement for Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy have gained momentum in the last few months. Our Joint Working Group on US-2 amphibian aircraft has met to explore the modalities of cooperation on its use and co-production in India. More broadly, we are working towards increasing our cooperation in the area of advanced technologies. I reviewed with Prime Minister Abe the current status of these transformative projects and shared my expectations with him.

Japan is a privileged partner in India’s most ambitious projects for world class infrastructure, which our government has launched in recent years - the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor, the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, IIT Hyderabad and the planned Chennai-Bengaluru Industrial Corridor. We took stock of these flagship projects. I apprised Prime Minister Abe of the steps we have taken to facilitate Japan’s association with India’s growth story in general and these projects in particular. In these projects and in many others, Japan’s Overseas Development Assistance has played a transformative role, for which I expressed our gratitude.

The presence of Japanese companies in India increased 16% last year. However, I believe there is enormous untapped potential in our business ties. I therefore sought increased Japanese investments in India. We explored ideas for concrete cooperation in manufacturing and R&D in the electronics sector as well as in energy-efficient and energy-saving technologies.

Tourism flow and civil aviation links between our two countries have increased considerably. In our talks, Prime Minister Abe and I decided to encourage people-to-people movement by fast-tracking implementation of the Social Security Agreement that we signed over a year ago. I also requested his support for conclusion of pending legal instruments for our law enforcement cooperation, like transfer of sentenced persons and mutual legal assistance on criminal matters.

We discussed possibilities of joint development and connectivity projects in our neighbourhood, as also coordination and cooperation in the ASEAN and East Asia Summit-related processes, where we are joint stakeholders. We have directed our Foreign Ministries to have structured discussions on these matters. I requested Japan’s continuing support to the Nalanda University project. We also discussed our shared interests and challenges in the area of energy security.

We had an exchange of views on regional and global developments and expressed hope for peace, stability and continuing progress and prosperity in our region. We agreed to continue our efforts for reform of the United Nations Security Council within the G-4 framework and to work for global growth and prosperity through the Group of 20.

Prime Minister Abe’s visit to India as Chief Guest for our Republic Day has reinforced our strategic partnership and added substance to our relations. That he has chosen to do so on the eve of an important parliamentary session in Japan only goes to show his commitment to this relationship. I am grateful to him for this gesture.

Thank you.

Japanese Prime Minister (Mr. Shinzo Abe): Your Excellency Prime Minister Singh, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen:

It is a great honour to be invited on the occasion of Republic Day in India.

Seven years ago in Tokyo, His Excellency Prime Minister Singh and I agreed on the Japan-India Strategic and Global Partnership. The relationship is now developing into a close one which lives up to the name of the agreement. In the past ten years, as Prime Minister of India your Prime Minister has taken great pains to develop the bilateral relationship for which I would like to express my deepest respect.

At the summit meeting today, Prime Minister Singh and I exchanged views on a multitude of issues between India and Japan including politics, cooperation in security, economic issues, and economic cooperation.

On the political and security front we agreed to launch consultations between the National Security Councils of both countries now that Japan has established its NSC. We also agreed to step up cooperation in the area of maritime security through active dialogue and visits between the two countries. We expect that there will be a further deepening of cooperation in politics and security.

In relation to the economy and economic cooperation, I informed the Prime Minister that we will be extending new yen loans to the tune of 200 billion yen in total for the Delhi Metro Extension Project. In addition we agreed to step up cooperation in symbolic projects in economic cooperation between India and Japan such as introduction of high-speed rail systems in India and the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor project.

As regards the agreement for cooperation for the peaceful use of nuclear energy, the Prime Minister and I agreed to continue talks with a view to the early conclusion of the agreement.

The expansion of people-to-people contact is an important issue to address in order to broaden the base of our bilateral relationship. We have made the decision to introduce short-term multiple entry visas for the citizens of India. We will continue to promote academic and educational exchanges.

I am accompanied on this visit by an Economic Mission headed by Chairman Yonekura of Keidanren or Japan Business Federation, as well as the Science and Technology Mission. It is my hope that this visit will promote further cooperation between private sector businesses and academia.

I have been invited to your celebration of Republic Day in India tomorrow, the first Japanese Prime Minister to have the honour. I look forward to celebrating on the commemorative day with Prime Minister Singh whom I hold in very high esteem.

Prior to the summit meeting I am pleased to announce that we have signed two exchange of notes – one related to Uttarakhand forest management and one related to the Chennai Paediatric Hospital. And there have been many signings of documents between entities and authorities concerned with regard to voluntary activities and so forth.

The relations between Japan and India have the greatest potential of any bilateral relationship anywhere in the world. I hope my visit to India feeds into a further strengthening of Japan-India relations based on a strategic and global partnership.

Thank you very much.

Official Spokesperson: With that we come to the end of this event. Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen.


New Delhi

January 25, 2014


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