Abe, Modi Agree To Strengthen Security Cooperation

Abe, Modi agree to strengthen security cooperation

The prime ministers of Japan and India have agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the security sector.

Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi held their 13th summit on Thursday afternoon in Osaka on the eve of the opening of the G20 meeting there.

Abe told Modi that he wants to raise the level of Japan-India relations, which he said have the world's largest potential.

Modi said he hopes the G20 summit will end in a success because of Japan's leadership as its chair.

The two agreed to work together to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific region by holding a meeting of their countries' foreign and defense ministers soon.

They also agreed to speed up discussions on introducing Japan-made US-2 rescue flying boats in India.

The prime ministers confirmed that more effort will be made so that Abe can visit India this year.

In a meeting with Senegal's President Macky Sall earlier in the day, Abe and the West African leader agreed to work together for success at the Tokyo International Conference on African Development, or TICAD, in Yokohama in August.