India

Sushma Swaraj leaves for three-day visit to Japan

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday left for a three-day visit to Japan during which she will co-chair the Ninth India-Japan Strategic Dialogue with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono.

“Strengthening our Special Strategic and Global Partnership with Japan! EAM @SushmaSwaraj departs on a 3-day visit to Japan for the 9th India-Japan Foreign Minister’s Strategic Dialogue in Tokyo,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

India and Japan will review all aspects of bilateral relations and exchange views on regional and international issues of common interest during the Strategic Dialogue to be held on Thursday.

India-Japan ties have been on the upswing after the bilateral relationship was elevated to a Special Strategic and Global Partnership during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Japan in 2014.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to India in September last year for the annual bilateral summit gave fresh impetus to the ties. During that visit, the ground breaking ceremony of the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project, to be built with Japanese aid, was also held.

“Japan is today one of the largest investors in India, with a growing presence in infrastructure projects, manufacturing, financial markets and capacity-building, among others,” an External Affairs Ministry statement said.

India-Japan trade stood at $13.61 billion in fiscal 2016-17, showing a decrease of 6.21 per cent over fiscal 2015-16, when the total trade was $14.51 billion. The bilateral trade during April-August 2017 was $6.183 billion.

The two countries are also part of the recently revived quad that also includes the US and Australia and seeks to work for peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.

IANS