Visits to give Look East policy new depth,says Manmohan

As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh left for Japan and Thailand on Monday,he said the visit was aimed to give a “new meaning” to India’s ‘Look East’ policy and expressed hope that it will contribute to peace,prosperity and stability in the Asia-Pacific.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 28, 2013 2:19 am

As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh left for Japan and Thailand on Monday,he said the visit was aimed to give a “new meaning” to India’s ‘Look East’ policy and expressed hope that it will contribute to peace,prosperity and stability in the Asia-Pacific.

Describing Japan as a “key regional and global partner for India”,Singh said he proposed to invigorate India’s ties with Japan in political,security and energy spheres. “My visits to Japan and Thailand will add depth and new meaning to our Look East policy and contribute to peace,prosperity and stability in the Asia-Pacific.”

On a three-day visit to Tokyo,Singh will make a strong pitch for elevating strategic ties and push for a bilateral pact on civil nuclear energy cooperation. Singh will hold talks with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Wednesday on the entire gamut of bilateral ties with special focus on giving boost to cooperation in defence,economic,energy and other areas.

“There is a growing congruence in our interest and I see this relationship as an essential component of our vision for enduring stability and prosperity in Asia,” the Prime Minister said.

Singh said in his meeting with the new government of Japan led by “good friend” Abe,he will build on the momentum imparted by successive meetings to the India-Japan Strategic and Global Partnership.

On the civil nuclear cooperation agreement,Singh told the Japanese media based in Delhi that there are problems in Japan and there are elections to the Upper House in that country which will take place later this year,adding: “But,I do hope that we can make progress in the civil nuclear energy cooperation.”

The visit will also allow the two governments to take stock of the progress in flagship projects like the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor and the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor,and to facilitate bilateral engagement for meaningful and mutually beneficial association.

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