Modi dials new Japanese PM

    New Delhi (NVI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today spoke with his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga about strengthening ties between their two countries during their first phone call since Suga took office last week.

    The two leaders agreed that the India-Japan Special Strategic & Global Partnership has made great advances over the last few years and expressed their intention to further strengthen this relationship based upon mutual trust and shared values, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said.

    “Furthermore, both the leaders concurred that the partnership between the two countries is even more relevant in today’s times given the global challenges, including that of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the PMO said in a statement.

    They emphasized that the economic architecture of a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region must be premised on resilient supply chains, and in this context, welcomed cooperation between India, Japan and other like-minded countries.

    In addition to this, they appreciated the progress made in the economic partnership between the two countries, and in this context, welcomed the finalization of the text of the agreement pertaining to specialized skilled workers, the statement added.

    PM Modi also extended an invitation to Prime Minister Suga to visit India for the Annual Bilateral Summit, after improvement of the situation caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

    -CHK