Abe, Modi Agree On Further Cooperation

Abe, Modi agree on further cooperation

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will hold their 12th summit in Tokyo on Monday. The two leaders aim to enhance security cooperation and boost the economic alliance between their nations.

Abe and Modi visited Yamanashi Prefecture, central Japan, on Sunday. They enjoyed the autumn colors on Lake Yamanaka and visited a major manufacturer of industrial robots.

Later in the day, Abe entertained Modi at his cottage in Narusawa Village. Over dinner, they exchanged views on ways to strengthen economic and other ties. Modi is the first foreign dignitary Abe has invited to his cottage.

The leaders returned to Tokyo on Sunday night for a bilateral summit.

At Monday's meeting, Abe and Modi are expected to agree to enhance security cooperation by expanding joint military drills between Japan's Self-Defense Forces and the Indian military.

Their aim is to keep the Indian and Pacific Oceans free and open.

They are also expected to agree that their governments will assist the planned project to construct a high-speed rail network in western India. The governments have already agreed to introduce Japan's Shinkansen bullet train system to the network.

The leaders are also hoping to further economic alliance by promoting Japanese businesses in India and cooperating in the field of digital technology.