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India, Japan agree to deepen strategic partnership

India, Japan agree to deepen strategic partnership

Singapore: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday met for the first time his new Japanese counterpart Yasuo Fukuda with the two leaders deciding to cement bilateral ties and implement the commitment of their governments to establish a ‘Strategic Global Partnership’.

Singh and Fukuda expressed their commitment to Strategic and Global Partnership and exchanged views on the way to deepen their partnership, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna said.

Singh and Fukuda, who met on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit here, also agreed on the need to expedite progress on projects that are part of the Special Economic Partnership Initiative. They reviewed the progress on the dedicated freight corridor and the Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor, he said.

They also agreed on the importance of maintaining regular high level exchanges.

Singh and Fukuda decided to strengthen their cooperation in regional and multilateral fora on important issues such as UN Security Council reforms and climate change, Sarna said.

The two leaders also shared the view that the East Asia Summit is an important building block for creating an Asian Economic Community, and pledged to work closely to further this objective.

Singh also accepted Fukuda’s invitation to visit Japan.

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