New Delhi: India and Japan will be holding ‘Two plus Two’ talks, the same way as the talks between India and the United States are held every year. These will be started from this year, itself. These talks between the two democratic countries and major economies, in the Asian continent, will prove to be very important from the viewpoint of the bilateral relation. New Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar disclosed this information after having a telephonic conversation with the Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono.
The Japanese Foreign Minister had called S. Jaishankar to congratulate him, on his appointment. In the discussion that followed, the Japanese Foreign Minister expressed confidence that the Indian position and responsibility will be critical to ensure that the Indo-Pacific sector remains free and open. Against this background, the importance of the Two plus Two talks increases further. The Indian and US, foreign and defence ministers, hold Two plus Two talks every year. Talks on similar lines will start with Japan, from now on.
Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have a unique vision for the Indo-Japanese relations. Foreign Minister Jaishankar assured during the discussions that efforts will be made to turn this vision into reality. Conference of the Foreign Ministers of the G-20 countries will be held in Japan in November. Kono extended an invitation to the conference to Jaishankar. At the same time, it is said that Japanese Prime Minister Abe will be visiting India this year. It is claimed that essential agreements will be signed during these two visits.
This Indo-Japanese collaboration in the Indo-Pacific region has great strategic importance, at a time when China is trying to increase its influence in the sector. At the same time, special efforts are being made to improve the economic cooperation between India and Japan. India and Japan also are strengthening their military, and this is considered to be extremely important to face the Chinese challenge, and the United States and Australia have declared complete support for this.
A few days ago, President Trump visited Japan. At this time, while addressing a joint press conference, President Trump and Prime Minister Abe took an insistent stand that the Indo-Pacific region should remain free and open. Both the leaders had indicated that Indian cooperation would be sought for this purpose.