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India's Defence Minister Rajnath Singh shakes hands with his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono as India's Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi look on before their meeting in New Delhi. India and Japan urged all countries to ensure that all territory under their control is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries (Photo: Reuters)
India's Defence Minister Rajnath Singh shakes hands with his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono as India's Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi look on before their meeting in New Delhi. India and Japan urged all countries to ensure that all territory under their control is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries (Photo: Reuters)

India and Japan call upon Pakistan to take resolute action against terror

  • In two-plus-two talks, India and Japan urged all countries to take resolute action to root out terrorist safe havens and eliminate financing channels for terrorism
  • India and Japan refer to threat posed to regional security by terrorist networks operating out of Pakistan

New Delhi: At their first “2+2" talks between their foreign and defence ministers on Saturday, India and Japan discussed ways to deepen their bilateral defence and security partnership as well as the threat posed by terrorism from Pakistan.

A joint statement issued after the talks between foriegn minister S. Jaishankar and defence minister Rajnath Singh on the Indian side and foreign minister Toshimitsu Motegi and defence minister Taro Kono on the Japanese side called on Pakistan to take “resolute and irreversible" action against terrorist networks and their financing mechanisms.

This is the first time that India and Japan are holding talks in the 2+2 ministerial format, an upgrade from the talks between their foreign and defence secretaries that began in 2010. The talks on Saturday are expected to pave the way for the 14 India-Japan summit between prime minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Guwahati next month.

“The Ministers affirmed that this dialogue will further enhance the strategic depth of bilateral security and defence cooperation," the statement said adding that this would further the cause of the peace, security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.

The ministers welcomed the deepening interaction between the defence forces of the two countries including the joint exercises held in the past year and agreed to carry out exercises by fighter aircraft of their air forces. The two sides also agreed to speedily conclude talks on the sharing of military logistics for greater interoperability between the navies of the two countries. If“The Ministers expressed their desire for early conclusion of the negotiations and were of the view that the (Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement -ACSA) agreement will further contribute to enhancing defence cooperation between the two sides," the statement said.

The ministers of two countries also agreed to boost cooperation in the sharing of defence technologies, it said.

On terrorism, the joint statement said, “The ministers condemned in the strongest terms the growing threat of terrorism and acknowledged that it constituted a major threat to peace and security in the region. The Ministers called upon all countries take resolute action in rooting out terrorist safe havens and infrastructure, disrupting terrorist networks and eliminating financing channels and halting cross-border movement of terrorists."

“The ministers underlined the need for all countries to ensure that all territory under their control is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries in any manner. They noted in this context the threat posed to regional security by terrorist networks operating out of Pakistan and called upon it to take resolute and irreversible action against them and fully comply with international commitments including to FATF (Financial Action Task Force)," it said.

“The ministers emphasised the need for stronger international partnership in countering terrorism and violent extremism, including through increased sharing of information and intelligence," it said.

India and Japan also condemned North Korea’s recent launches of ballistic missiles which are clear violation of the relevant UN Security Council

resolutions.

Earlier on Saturday, the two Japanese ministers called on India's Prime Minister Modi. Japanese defence minister Kono also visited the Hindon Air Force Station just outside New Delhi.

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