India-Japan 2 + 2 Summit / Meeting of Defence-Foreign Ministers today, discussion to be held on increasing cooperation in Indo-Pacific region

New Delhi: India and Japan are likely to discuss expanding defence and security, among other issues of common concern, during the inaugural meeting of India-Japan Foreign and Defence Ministerial Dialogue (2+2) in Delhi on Saturday.

The Indian side will be led by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. Japan’s Foreign Affairs Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defence Minister Taro Kono will head the Japanese delegation.

After this, the two leaders will discuss several important issues, including the Indo-Pacific region, with Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Foreign Minister S Jaishankar.

Discussion on autonomy of Indo-Pacific region: The delegation of India and Japan will hold talks on the issue of defense and bilateral security. Japan’s priorities and the free Indo-Pacific region will be an important part of the negotiations under India’s Act East policy. According to the Ministry of External Affairs, through this meeting, the two countries will renew the diplomatic and global partnership.

The two sides will exchange views on the situation in the Indo-Pacific region and their respective efforts under India’s ‘Act East Policy’ and Japan’s ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific Vision’ for achieving their shared objective of peace, prosperity and progress to realise a better future for the people of the two countries and the region.

During the visit, the Japanese ministers will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday morning and Jaishankar later in the evening.

The meeting is being held in pursuance of the decision taken by PM Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe during the 13th India-Japan Annual Summit held in Japan in October 2018, with an object to institute a Foreign and Defence Ministerial Dialogue for further expanding bilateral security and defence cooperation, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement.

“The 2+2 meeting would provide an opportunity for the two sides to review the status of and exchange further views on strengthening defence and security cooperation between India and Japan so as to provide greater depth to the ‘India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership’,” the MEA statement added.