India and Japan pledged to further deepen their Strategic and Global Partnership as the two countries prepare for the upcoming visits to India of Their Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.
In a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo this afternoon, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy Dr. Ashwani Kumar said that India is honored and privileged to welcome Their Majesties, which would be the first ever visit by the Japanese Emperor and Empress to India. The people of India looked forward to the Imperial visit later this year and the Government of India is making all possible arrangements in ensuring a memorable and productive visit by Their Majesties, he added.
Dr. Kumar also reiterated the invitation extended to Prime Minister Abe to visit India for the annual summit. He said, the summit between the two Prime Ministers would help not only consolidate the India-Japan strategic partnership but also expand bilateral cooperation and signal the shared determination of the two countries to work for peace, progress and prosperity in the region and the world at large.
Echoing the sentiments, Prime Minister Abe referred to the landmark visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Japan in May 2013 and said that keeping up the momentum of bilateral exchanges would be important for taking forward the India-Japan partnership to even greater heights. He called for the bilateral economic engagement to be further intensified to add value to the Strategic and Global Partnership. To give further impetus to Japanese business, he will be accompanied by a high-level business delegation during his next visit to India. Referring to the India-Japan Civil Nuclear Cooperation agreement, Prime Minister Abe assured Dr. Kumar that the process of negotiations towards resolution of all outstanding issues will be taken forward. Recalling his past visits to India, he reiterated the need for the two nations to work together for global peace and prosperity, and conveyed his greetings to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Dr. Kumar said that the multi-dimensional and multi-faceted India-Japan engagement is the culmination of the efforts of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and the Japanese leadership, and particularly the recent efforts of Prime Minster Abe. He said India-Japan strategic engagement is unique inasmuch as it would enable both countries to meet common global challenges including piracy, maritime security, terrorism, cyber security and environmental change. He assured to facilitate Japanese investments to India and address specific issues having an impact on these investments. He said that necessary steps in this regard have been initiated at the highest level in the Government. Indian investment in the infrastructure sector over the next five years is projected at US$ 1 trillion in which Japanese companies are expected to play a major role.