India and Japan on Monday held talks on enhancing cooperation in key areas, including maritime, cyber and outer space security.
“They agreed to an early meeting of the new India-Japan Cyber Security Dialogue,” external affairs ministry said in a statement.
The Indian delegation was led by foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai and defence secretary Shashi Kant Sharma while deputy foreign minister Akitaka Saiki and administrative vice-defence minister Hironori Kanazawa led Japanese team.
While Japan has been holding similar consultations with the US and Australia, this is India’s first 2+2 dialogue with any country, which indicates growing proximity between both the countries.
The two sides briefed the other on their respective defence and security policies in the background of each country's security environment, the statement said, adding they also discussed regional and international security situation.
These 2+2 consultations at senior official level are mandated by the action plan to advance security cooperation concluded between the two countries in December 2009.
These consultations were build on the last round of the 2+2 dialogue held at New Delhi in June 2010.
The first 2 + 2 India-Japan interaction was held in July 2010. Intended to be an annual event, however, the meeting could not be held last year due to scheduling problems.
The officials also discussed the agenda and possible deliverables for the summit-level meeting between Singh and his Japanese counterpart Yoshihiko Noda.