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In a significant visit to Japan, defence minister Rajnath Singh held successful meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Japanese defence minister Takeshi Iwaya.
- The Ministers affirmed their intention to hold the first Foreign and Defence Ministerial Dialogue (2+2) ahead of the Japan-India Annual Summit 2019, for advancing cooperation towards peace and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region.
- Japan-India-U.S. trilateral maritime exercise ‘Malabar 2019’ will be held from late September to early October in 2019.
- Second Japan-India-U.S. trilateral mine-countermeasures exercise (MINEX) was held in July, 2019.
- The Armies and Air Forces of India and Japan held their first bilateral exercises, ‘Dharma Guardian’ and ‘Shinyuu Maitri’, in 2018.
- Japan joined the India-US Air Force exercise ‘Cope India’ as an observer for the first time in 2018.
- The two countries have made steady progress in Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) based on implementing the arrangement for deeper cooperation between the two Navies.
- There is a progress on the ongoing negotiations for the Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA), which commenced after the summit meeting in October, 2018.
Peace and Stability in Indo-Pacific Region
- The Ministers recognised that peace and stability of the Indian and Pacific Oceans are crucial for ensuring prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region and the entire world.
- They had a frank exchange of views on the current security situation in the Indo-Pacific region, including developments on the Korean Peninsula and in the South China Sea.
- They shared views on exploring cooperation with countries in the Indo-Pacific region through various initiatives that would further the shared vision of peace and stability.
[Source: The Hindu]