Thank you for extending a warm welcome and hosting us today at the 2nd India-Japan 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue. Today’s meeting demonstrates our commitment towards deepening our bilateral security and defense cooperation and also demonstrating the strength of our Special Strategic and Global Partnership.
I reiterate the sincere condolences on the demise of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe which was expressed by the Defence Minister.
India-Japan partnership is a partnership of immense importance. It is rooted in our shared values of democracy, freedom, and respect for rule of law. The strategic aspects of the relationship has gained new meaning in recent years, reflected in our recent bilateral and plurilateral engagements. The recent meeting of our leaders reaffirmed the continuity and strength of our relationship.
We have witnessed in recent times very serious developments, especially since our last meeting in 2019. The Covid pandemic and ongoing conflicts demand that we address these new challenges. Energy Security and Food Security have emerged as particularly pressing issues. As responsible members of the international community, India has worked tirelessly, in extending humanitarian aid, medicines, vaccines, food grains and many other forms of assistance.
As we face these challenges, it is important we work collectively to find common solutions through the path of dialogue and diplomacy.
In this overall context, our dialogue today holds special significance. I look forward to our discussion, which I am confident will lay the foundation for closer cooperation between India and Japan in the area of security and foreign affairs.
September 08, 2022