At the opening ceremony of the 2 + 2 security talks, foreign ministers and defense chiefs of both countries welcomed the significant progress made in the negotiation of the agreement, the website of the Japan Times reported on December 1. Under the agreement, the two sides will share defense capabilities and supplies, including fuel and ammunition. According to a joint statement issued after the talks in New Delhi, they called for the speedy conclusion of the agreement on mutual provision of goods and services.
Japanese media quoted Japanese officials as saying the two governments plan to sign the agreement when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits India in mid December for talks with Prime Minister modi.
The official also said Tokyo and New Delhi aim to hold the first joint fighter exercise between the air self defense force and the Indian air force next year. It will be the fourth such exercise after Japans fighter exercises with the United States, Britain and Australia.
Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono said in a speech at the meeting that the launch of the talks symbolizes a higher level of importance of Japans security relations with India in the Indo Pacific region.. Part of the agenda is open to the media.
The talks were also attended by Japanese Foreign Minister mauki minchong, Indian Foreign Minister Su Jiesheng and Indian defense minister rajnat Singh.
The statement said the ministers and ministers shared vision was free, open, inclusive and rule-based India Pacific region.
Reported that Japan and India welcome trilateral defense cooperation with the United States, such as the annual Malabar maritime joint military exercise and the joint foreign ministers meeting attended by Australia. The two countries also solemnly announced to strengthen joint research in the field of driverless ground robot vehicles.
Prior to the talks, Su said the talks reflect the continuous strategic integration between the two countries and their common desire to further deepen bilateral security and defense cooperation..
Information chart: on January 26, 2016, Indian Air Force fighter formation participated in Republic Day military parade in New Delhi. Shen Jizhong
Source: editor in charge of Reference News: Li Zaixing