India, Japan discuss Indo-Pacific region, maritime security

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New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) India and Japan discussed the Indo-Pacific region and maritime security among other issues in the fourth round of the India-Japan Maritime Affairs Dialogue here, the External Affairs Ministry said on Thursday.

“The two sides exchanged views on various topics of mutual interest including the Indo-Pacific region, maritime security, cooperation in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR), search and rescue (SAR) and discussed ways and means of further strengthening the bilateral cooperation in these areas,” the ministry said in a statement following the meeting on Wednesday.

India and Japan, along with the US and Australia, are part of the quad revived last year that seeks to work for peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.

The Maritime Affairs Dialogue was followed by the seventh round of the India-Japan Bilateral Consultations on Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Export Control here on Thursday.

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“During the consultations, the two sides exchanged views on a range of contemporary disarmament and non-proliferation related issues,” the statement said.

While the Indian side was led by Pankaj Sharma, Joint Secretary, Disarmament and International Security Affairs, in the Ministry of External Affairs, in both the meetings, the Japanese side was led by Ambassador Kansuke Nagaoka, Policy Planning and International Security Policy in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the Maritime Affairs Dialogue and by Ambassador Tomoyuki Yoshida, Director-General (Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Science Department) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

–IANS

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