The much-awaited bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe will be held on October 28-29 and this time PM Modi will get back what he served Japan’s PM last year in Ahmedabad. During the visit, PM Modi will have a private dinner, visit at the lake house and flourish the personal ties between both countries.
PM Modi’s visit to Japan is the third one after the first meet in 2014 and another in 2016. Besides the one to one talk, both the PM also meet on the sidelines of various international summits while the counterpart Abe has the two-time visit tally in India in 2015 and 2017.
The government talked about the 13th India-Japan summit starting on Sunday where the key focus areas include connectivity, security situation, and infrastructure besides important military logistics motivated by the military exercises conducted regularly between both the countries.
Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale talked about the issues including security, terrorism and other trans-border crimes on the table before the meet.
He said, “Regional security will be another topic. We presume that given the interest Japan has in issues related to the Korean peninsula and DPRK, this matter will be discussed. We will certainly raise our concerns over terrorism and other trans-border crimes which are of importance to us”.
India is also looking to integrate the Modi’s Ayushman Bharat schemes with Japan’s healthcare scheme titled as Asia health and Well-being initiative.
“How we dovetail this and how we leverage Japan’s strength in certain areas including medical equipment, hospitals, and others is something that the two leaders can explore”.
Shino Abe is in the current visit to China which is the first visit of any Japan PM in the last 7 years and according to Gokhale, it will definitely not impact India’s relation with Japan as Indian government will welcome the new relations with the foreign country.