15th India-Japan Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue

​July 28: External Affairs Minister of India, Dr. S. Jaishankar held the 15th India-Japan Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue with H.E. Mr. Yoshimasa Hayashi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan on 27 July 2023 in New Delhi. The meeting provided an opportunity to review the progress made in the India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership.

The Ministers engaged in comprehensive discussions covering a wide range of issues of bilateral, regional, and global significance. They highlighted the importance of further strengthening India-Japan partnership based on shared values and principles.

The Ministers emphasized the importance of achieving the target of JPY 5 trillion Japanese investment in India in the period 2022-27. They explored potential areas of collaboration in critical and emerging technologies, including semiconductors; resilient supply chains; and digital public infrastructure, among others. The Ministers also expressed satisfaction with the strengthening of defence and security cooperation, including regular exercises and staff talks between all three services. In this context, they discussed a way forward to deepen Defense Equipment and Technology Cooperation.

The Ministers exchanged views on regional and global issues of interest. They emphasized the crucial role of the strong and enduring partnership between India and Japan in ensuring a free, open, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region that is inclusive and rules-based. The Ministers also discussed cooperation under multilateral and plurilateral frameworks, including the Quad. They agreed on the need for early reforms of the UNSC. They also exchanged views on their respective G20 and G7 presidencies.

Noting the celebration of 2023 as the Year of India-Japan Tourism Exchanges with the theme of ‘Connecting Himalayas with Mount Fuji’, the Ministers acknowledged the importance of people-to-people exchanges. They also discussed ways to promote the movement of skilled human resources from India to Japan.

​The India-Japan Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue reaffirmed the commitment of both sides to strengthen their Special Strategic and Global Partnership. The meeting further deepened bilateral cooperation and set the stage for enhanced collaboration on regional and global issues.

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