New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Jaishankar on Friday said that it is important for Japan and India to be on the same page on countering terrorism and emphasized the need to address not only the ‘root cause’ but also the ‘root countries’ behind the menace.
Speaking at the India-Japan Forum 2023 in the national capital, Jaishankar, was responding to his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi’s remark that top priority of cooperation between like-minded countries India and Japan should be to counter-terrorism.
Jaishankar and Hayashi discussed critical global issues, including terrorism and nuclear proliferation, at the forum. The visiting Japanese Minister highlighted the India-Japan cooperation towards the future of the Indo-Pacific.
Jaishankar, in his address to the India-Japan forum today, said that Japan has had a huge impact on India and in many ways, Japan is an “exemplary modernizer” for India.
The Japanese Minister said that Japan is free and committed to the success of the upcoming G20 New Delhi summit. He also appreciated the theme of the G20, “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,” which means that the world is one.
The Japanese Foreign Minister had arrived in New Delhi earlier on Thursday. Jayshankar and Hayashi held the 15th India-Japan Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue in New Delhi on Thursday. The meeting provided an opportunity to review the progress made in the India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership.