Japan-India Summit Meeting (Overview)
Friday, September 23, 2011
On Friday, September 23, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who was visiting New York to attend the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly, held a summit meeting with H.E. Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, for about 40 minutes from 10:35 a.m. (U.S. Eastern Standard Time; 11:35 p.m., Japan Time). The overview is as follows.
- At the outset, Prime Minister Singh offered his congratulations on Prime Minister Noda's appointment as prime minister. Prime Minister Noda expressed his appreciation and conveyed his gratitude for the assistance extended by India in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Furthermore, Prime Minister Noda expressed his condolences to the victims of the terrorist attack in New Delhi on September 7 and the earthquake in Sikkim on September 18. In response, Prime Minister Singh expressed his appreciation and renewed his words of sympathy in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake as well as his conviction that the Japanese people will be able to overcome the devastation caused by the earthquake with unwavering spirit.
- Prime Minister Singh stated that no obstacles stand in the way of strengthening their bilateral relations. Both leaders concurred that regular visits by each other are vital for further enhancing their strategic global partnership and that Prime Minister Noda will make a visit to India at a mutually convenient date.
- Both leaders welcomed the entry into force of the Japan-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) and expressed their expectations that the agreement will boost the economic relations of the two countries. Furthermore, Prime Minister Noda stated that he also looked forward to seeing progress on the negotiations for the social security agreement in order to promote private sector activities. Both leaders agreed to make efforts for the realization of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) and the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC).
- Prime Minister Singh expressed that India expects to move forward the civil nuclear cooperation with Japan. In response, Prime Minister Noda stated that bringing the accidents at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station under stable control is the highest priority of the administration; that Japan will carry out a thorough investigation of the accident and share the information with India in a swift and accurate manner; and that taking account of these points, Japan would like to move forward the cooperation with India.
- Both leaders shared the view on the importance of sea lanes, particularly in the Indian Ocean, and agreed to carry out discussions also on the reinforcement of bilateral cooperation on the security front.
- Both leaders agreed to turn the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and India into an essential opportunity for raising broad public awareness about the cultural and people-to-people exchanges between the two countries, among other exchanges.
- Both leaders held a candid exchange of views on working together for the reform of the UN Security Council and in the lead-up to the East Asia Summit and agreed to further bolster their bilateral cooperation.