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Japanese Prime Minister Kishida stressed unity in Ukraine at a meeting with India’s Modi

FILE PHOTO: PM Fumio Kishida press conference
FILE PHOTO: Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks during a news conference at the Prime Minister’s official residence February 25, 2022 in Tokyo, Japan. Rodrigo Reyes Marin/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

March 19, 2022

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will promote a united approach in Ukraine while aiming to strengthen security ties in the Indo-Pacific region during his meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday in New Delhi.

“As the Russian invasion of Ukraine coincides with this trip, I would like to emphasize the importance of international unity and confirm that Japan and India will cooperate on various issues,” Kishida said ahead of his visit.

India and Japan are parties to the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad), a security framework that also includes the United States and Australia.

Japan has imposed sanctions on dozens of Russian individuals and organizations and taken in Ukrainian refugees since the invasion of Ukraine that began on February 24. However, India is the only one of the four quad members that has not condemned the invasion.

Kishida will also aim to strengthen security and economic ties with India, the world’s second most populous country and Asia’s third largest economy.

He is expected to announce a plan to invest 5 trillion yen ($42 billion) in India over five years during this visit, Japanese newspaper Nikkei reported.

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced 3.5 trillion yen in investments and financing over five years during a visit to India in 2014.

Japan has supported the development of India’s urban infrastructure and a high-speed rail line based on its bullet train technology.

Japan and India signed an acquisition and cross-servicing agreement in 2020, allowing mutual stockpiling of food, fuel and other supplies between the defense forces.

(Reporting by Kentaro Sugiyama in Tokyo and Abhirup Roy in Mumbai; Writing by Rupam Jain; Editing by Edmund Klamann)

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