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India-Japan Annual Summit Between PM Modi, Shinzo Abe Likely to Take Place Next Month: Report

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe (L) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe (L) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Abe's visit to India for the annual summit in Guwahati in December last year was cancelled in the wake of massive protests rocking the capital city of Assam over the amended citizenship law.

The annual summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe is likely to take place early next month and its broad focus would be further expansion of the already close strategic and trade ties between the two countries, people familiar with the development said on Monday.

Abe's visit to India for the annual summit in Guwahati in December last year was cancelled in the wake of massive protests rocking the capital city of Assam over the amended citizenship law.

The next month's summit will be a virtual one and preparations are underway for it, the people cited above said.

In the summit, the two sides are expected to seal a military pact on reciprocal access to military bases for logistics support, they said.

The pact will allow militaries of the two countries to use each other's bases and facilities for repair and replenishment of supplies besides facilitating scaling up of overall cooperation.

In the summit, the two sides are expected to review the entire spectrum of bilateral defence ties, including the long-pending issue of supply of the US-2 amphibious aircraft by Japan to India.

Both sides are preparing for the summit in the midst of India's tense border row with China in eastern Ladakh.

In a strong support to India over the row, Japan last month said it opposed "any unilateral" attempts to change the status quo in the region.

The Indian and Chinese armies are locked in a bitter standoff in multiple locations in eastern Ladakh for over three months.

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