Joint Statement: Second India-Japan 2+2 Foreign and Defence Ministerial Meeting

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Joint Statement: Second India-Japan 2+2 Foreign and Defence Ministerial Meeting

Recently the Defense Ministry has participated in the second ‘India-Japan 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue’ held in Tokyo.

The 2+2 Dialogue is a format for the meeting of the Foreign and Defense Ministers of India, and its allies. Under this, strategic and security related issues are discussed.

The 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue enables partner countries to better understand each other’s strategic concerns. Through this they strive to build a stronger and more integrated strategic relationship in transforming the global environment.

Highlights of India-Japan 2+2 Dialogue:

Both countries have committed to the following:

  • To promote a rule-based system,
  • To ensure respect for international law and norms,
  • Towards the protection of global commons beyond national jurisdiction such as oceans, outer space etc.
  • The two countries have decided to conduct the first ‘combat exercise’ between the Japanese Air Self Defense Force and the Indian Air Force.
  • The two countries are working to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific region through mechanisms such as the Quadlateral Security Dialogue or Quad and the Initiative on Supply Chain Resilience (SCRI).

Major bilateral cooperation in the Indo-Pacific-

  • Integrated Indo-Pacific Strategy: It is based on the rule of international law, maritime security, technology etc.
  • Mutual Logistics and Supply Agreement (MLSA): This allows armies to use each other’s military bases and other supplies.
  • Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC): It is a joint effort of India and Japan to build infrastructure and connectivity in Africa.

Source- The Hindu

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