Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will encourage a united approach to Ukraine when he meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Saturday as he strives to strengthen security ties in the Indo-Pacific region.
“As the Russian invasion of Ukraine coincides with this trip, I would like to emphasize the importance of international unity and confirm that Japan and India will work together on various issues,” Kishida said before his visit.
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India and Japan are parties to the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad), a security framework that also includes the United States and Australia.
Japan has imposed sanctions on dozens of Russian individuals and organizations since the invasion of Ukraine that began on February 24 and is hosting Ukrainian refugees. However, India is the only one of the four Quad members not to have condemned the invasion.
Kishida will also seek to strengthen security and economic ties with India, the world’s second most populous country and Asia’s third largest economy.
During this visit, he is expected to announce a plan to invest 5 trillion yen ($42 billion) in India over five years, Japan’s Nikkei newspaper reported.
Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced 3.5 trillion yen in investment and financing over five years during a 2014 visit to India.
Japan has supported the development of urban infrastructure in India and a high-speed railway based on its bullet-train technology.
Japan and India signed a readmission and service agreement in 2020 that will allow for mutual supplies of food, fuel and other supplies between armed forces.
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