Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday welcomed the resumption of Indo-Pak talks and visit of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Islamabad.
This was conveyed by Abe to Swaraj when she called on him hours after his arrival here for a summit meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday.
The Japanese leader asserted that any steps taken to reduce tension were good and in this context he welcomed the resumption of Indo-Pak talks.
Abe welcomed the fact that on her first visit as External Affairs Minister to Pakistan, Swaraj achieved an agreement between India and Pakistan on resuming dialogue.
“I am very excited to be here for my third visit to India as the Prime Minister,” Abe told Swaraj.
On her part, Swaraj briefed the visiting leader on the progress made on various decisions agreed upon by the two prime ministers in their previous meetings, saying he will be happy with the deliverables.
Swaraj also briefed Abe about the India-Africa summit and maintained that the African continent could be a possible area of coordination between the two countries.
The two sides also discussed the UN Security Council reforms and in this context Abe noted the initiative of Modi holding of G4 meetings on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York in September.