Japan, India To Boost Security Cooperation

Japan, India to boost security cooperation

The foreign ministers of Japan and India have agreed to boost security cooperation as part of efforts to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono met with Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for 40 minutes in New Delhi on Monday evening.

They confirmed that the two countries' foreign and defense ministers will hold talks at an early date with an eye toward realizing a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pursuing the initiative in light of China's growing maritime presence.

Kono and Swaraj agreed to step up cooperation in the fields of cyber space and outer space.

The top diplomats also confirmed the importance of seeking a prompt conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, or RCEP, a free-trade framework that involves 16 Asia-Pacific nations.

Kono later told reporters that the two countries share the view that keeping the Indo-Pacific free and open will significantly contribute to economic development in the region.

He also met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to brief him on his planned meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov next week.