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India, Japan talk terror and piracy

India and Japan on Tuesday held talks to intensify counter-terror and anti-piracy cooperation.

india Updated: Jul 07, 2010 00:44 IST
HT Correspondent

India and Japan on Tuesday held talks to intensify counter-terror and anti-piracy cooperation.

During the first-ever “2+2 dialogue” Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar held talks with Japan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Kenichiro Sasae and Vice-Minister for Defence Kimito Nakae on a range of strategic and defence issues.

“Each side provided the other with an exposition of its defence and security policies in the framework of their respective security environments,” a statement from the external affairs ministry said.

The two sides discussed non-traditional threats to security and decided to hold the next meeting of the India-Japan Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism at an early date.

The two sides also discussed ways and means to expand co-operation in anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden and reviewed the joint naval exercises.

Against this backdrop, the two sides reviewed the India-Japan joint declaration on security cooperation and decided to give renewed momentum to implement their action plan.

The 2+2 dialogue was announced during then Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s visit to India in December 2009.

Besides India, Japan has such dialogue framework with only US and Australia, bringing to fore the growing importance of New Delhi in Tokyo’s strategic calculus.

Next round of the India-Japan 2+2 dialogue will be held in Tokyo in 2011. Prospects of a bilateral civil nuclear pact, were also discussed by the two sides.