India and Japan have reiterated their unwavering commitment to working together towards a free and open Indo-Pacific.

In a joint statement released during Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit to Japan, both the Ministers affirmed their intention to hold the first Foreign and Defence Ministerial Dialogue (2+2) ahead of the Japan-India Annual Summit later this year.

The Ministers welcomed the steady progress in bilateral cooperation in the area of Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) based on the Implementing Arrangement for Deeper Cooperation between the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the Indian Navy signed last year.

The statement says India and Japan are committed for Exchanges between the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) and the Indian Army.

The Ministers reaffirmed that strengthening cooperation in the area of defense equipment and technology is essential for further accelerating the cooperation between Japan and India.

SOURCE: DD NEWS

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