Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj co-chaired the ninth round of Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday and claimed that she had “very productive” talks with Japanese counterpart Taro Kono.

Swaraj is on a three-day visit to Japan, which happens to be her first visit to the country as India’s External Affairs Minister and attended the 9th India-Japan Strategic Dialogue held in Tokyo on Thursday. Co-Chaired by Sushma Swaraj and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, both ministers discussed their views about Japan’s role in the economic development of India, and in the view of Tokyo’s contribution in the development of foreign countries. Besides this, the talks were focused on increasing cooperation on bilateral, multilateral forums and regional and global issues of mutual interest.

Asserting about the meeting, Sushma Swaraj said, “Foreign Minister Kono and I had very productive talks, covering a wide-range of bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.” Swaraj also conveyed that India regards Japan as a ‘natural partner’ and there is vast scope to combine “our relative advantages, whether of capital, technology or human resources and to work for mutual benefit.” Currently, Japan is working closely in India to develop mega infrastructural projects like High-Speed Rail, Information and Communications Technology, Innovation, Space Science, Healthcare and Food Processing, to name just a few.

Besides business, India and Japan shares common views on terrorism and expressed that the issue requires global action in the spirit of zero tolerance, including by rooting out terrorist safe havens, disrupting terrorist networks and financing channels and halting cross-border movement of terrorists. After the “productive talks, the envoys of both countries signed and exchanged notes concerning the provisions for four Yen-loan projects. Swaraj claims that her meeting in Japan has laid foundations for PM Narendra Modi’s upcoming trip to Japan for the Annual Summit, later this year.

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