PM Narendra Modi set to visit Japan, focus on nuclear pact

The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday said the meeting will be an occasion for the two leaders to have “in-depth exchanges on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:October 29, 2016 1:24 am
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Japan on November 11 and 12. During the visit, Modi will have an audience with the Emperor of Japan and also hold the annual summit meeting with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe that could see a civil nuclear cooperation pact being inked.

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The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday said the meeting will be an occasion for the two leaders to have “in-depth exchanges on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest to further deepen the broad-based and action-oriented partnership between India and Japan.”

Apart from the thrust on enhancing cooperation in the civil nuclear sector, the two sides will explore ways to boost ties in trade, technology, security and infrastructure.

In December, the two sides had reached a basic agreement on the pact and decided that they will continue to discuss the international civil nuclear cooperation framework with respect to India.

According to officials, all efforts were being made to stitch a pact during Modi’s visit that would pave the way for Japan to export nuclear power plant technology to the fast-growing Asian economy. If done, it would be Japan’s first civil nuclear cooperation pact with a country that has not joined the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Japan, the only country to have suffered nuclear bombings, has been seeking assurance from India that it will not be used for military purposes or nuclear tests.