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India, Japan to hold crucial summit talks, key agreements to be signed

Sep 01, 2014 07:36 AM IST India India

Tokyo: On the third day of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Japan visit, crucial agreements between the two nations are likely to be signed on Monday afternoon. India and Japan are likely to agree to launch a "two-plus-two" security consultative framework involving their foreign and defence ministers during crucial summit talks between Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Tokyo.

The two countries are likely sign an agreement to jointly produce rare earths that could be exported to Japan, while discussing ways to elevate the Strategic and Global Partnership to a new level.

Japan already has a security consultative framework with the US, Australia, Russia and France.

"In the field of defence and security, I feel time has come for us to upgrade our relations. I see in the recent changes in Japan's defence export policies and regulations a possibility to engage in a new era of cooperation in high-end defence technology and equipment," Modi had said in an interview to Japanese media ahead of the visit.

Discussions are also expected to focus on civil nuclear cooperation and help by Japan in improving India's infrastructure, particularly the railways, and cleaning of river Ganga.

Modi met Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in the morning and will also meet the Defence Minister. Abe will host a tea meeting for Modi after which the latter will address a meeting with Japanese business leaders. The two Prime Ministers will hold a joint press conference later in the afternoon.

On Sunday, Modi flew to Tokyo after an overnight stay in the historic city of Kyoto where he visited two ancient Buddhist temples with Abe accompanying him in a significant gesture.

During his hectic schedule in Kyoto on the second day of his five-day visit to Japan, Modi also sought Japanese help to fight the deadly sickle cell anemia commonly found among tribals in India when he went to the Stem Cell Research Facility of the Kyoto University and got a positive response.

(With additional information from PTI)