NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has welcomed the deepening of the special strategic and global partnership between India and Japan and said he was looking forward to visiting Japan later this year. He also said defense cooperation was a key pillar of the relationship between India and Japan.
A PMO statement said Modi made these remarks when Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera called on him here. He recalled his long association with Japan, since before assuming office as prime minister.
Modi welcomed the strengthening of various defense dialogue mechanisms between the two countries, and the enhanced linkages between the armed forces of India and Japan. The prime minister also appreciated the progress in defense technology cooperation between the two countries. Modi warmly recalled the successful visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to India last year, and said he was looking forward to visiting Japan later this year. PTI