Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga had a “fruitful meeting” and the two leaders discussed ways to strengthen trade and cultural ties and further consolidate strategic bilateral relations ahead of the first in-person Quad meeting hosted by the American president. Joe Biden.
“Continued friendship with Japan,” the prime minister’s office said in a tweet following Thursday’s meeting.
“Premiers @narendramodi and @sugawitter had a fruitful meeting in Washington DC. The two leaders had discussions on several issues, including how to give new impetus to trade and cultural ties,” the tweet added.
PM Modi and Suga spoke in April this year and the two leaders stressed the importance of working together to create resilient, diverse and reliable supply chains, ensure a reliable supply of critical materials and technologies, and develop new partnerships in manufacturing and skills development to face the crisis.
During his phone call with Prime Minister Modi in April, the Japanese leader tweeted “we have confirmed that we will work closely to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and have had fruitful discussions on regional issues and Japan cooperation -India in order to achieve a free and open Indo-Pacific. “
They also highlighted the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Train (MAHSR) project as a shining example of their cooperation and welcomed the steady progress in its execution.
Suga had canceled a planned visit to India at the end of April due to the coronavirus situation.