Japan mid-term polls force PM to postpone nov 15-18 visit
In a last-moment development, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has deferred his visit to Tokyo for the India-Japan annual summit. HT reports.delhi Updated: Nov 14, 2012 23:49 IST
In a last-moment development, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has deferred his visit to Tokyo for the India-Japan annual summit.
The decision came after Japanese prime minister Yoshihiko Noda said he would dissolve the lower house of parliament on November 16 and hold snap elections next month. Singh was slated to have his main engagements in Tokyo on November 16.
The domestic uncertainty and the possibility of an early election have cast a consistent shadow on Singh's visit to Japan.
The trip was almost postponed before, but the dates were announced for the visit from November 15 to 18.
The dates were finalised only after India got information that the announcement of elections in Japan wouldn't take place before December. But the Japanese foreign ministry apprised the external affairs ministry of the recent political developments.
"There have been fast-paced internal developments in Japan. Factoring these in, India has decided that we should look for new dates. So the Prime Minister is not going from November 15 to 18," said Gautam Bambawale, joint secretary (East Asia), in the external affairs ministry.
The ministry of external affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said the two countries will be working on new mutually-convenient dates for the trip.
The PM's visit was to see many pacts in the filed of infrastructure and rare earths.