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Defence minister-level talks held between India and Japan
Jan 07, 2014

As a follow up to the India-Japan Defence Ministerial Meeting held in November 2011, the two Ministers held a Defence Ministerial meeting.

During the meet, the two Ministers extensively exchanged ideas regarding regional and global security challenges, as well as bilateral defence cooperation and exchanges between India and Japan. They shared views on issues relating to the peace, stability and prosperity of the region.

India and Japan agreed to step up military ties as they exchanged ideas on the regional security against the backdrop of tensions in the East China Sea over the restrictions imposed their by China.

The two Ministers also shared views on the necessity to conduct high- level and working-level regular consultations and exchanges, deepening Services exchanges and education/academic research exchanges and making other efforts, in order to further strengthen mutual trust and mutual understanding.

At the meeting, the two Ministers shared views to promote defence cooperation and exchanges and to conduct major cooperation and exchanges as follows:

a) Continue to carry out high-level mutual visits on annual basis. The Defence Minister of India will visit Japan in 2014;

b) Hold the third "2 plus 2" dialogue and the fourth Defence Policy Dialogue (Administrative Vice-Minister/Secretary of Defence level) in Delhi in 2014;

c) Promote exchanges on UN Peacekeeping Operations between Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Centre, Joint Staff College (JPC), Central Readiness Force of Japan Ground Self Defence Force (JGSDF) and Centre for UN Peacekeeping (CUNPK) of the Indian Army;

d) Conduct bilateral exercises between Japan Maritime Self- Defence Force and Indian Navy on a regular basis. In 2014, the Indian Navy will visit Japan to conduct joint exercises;

e) Conduct Expert exchanges in Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief and Counter Terrorism between both Indian Army and Japan Ground Self Defence Force (JGSDF); and

f) Continue to conduct staff exchanges and discuss possibility of conducting staff talks between Japan Air Self-Defence Force and Indian Air Force and professional exchanges of test-pilots, professional exchanges in the field of flight safety and between their transport squadrons.


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