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    India-Japan 2+2 Dialogue: Ministers pledge to increase defence cooperation

    India-Japan 2+2 Dialogue: Ministers pledge to increase defence cooperation
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    This meeting is taking place more than five months after Japanese PM visited India for the annual India-Japan summit. This year marks 70 years of diplomatic relations between the nations.

    External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday held the second India-Japan 2+2 Foreign and Defence Ministerial Meeting in Tokyo.
    Defence Minister Yasukazu Hamada and Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi represented the Japanese side. Moreover, Japanese PM Fumio Kishida also joined at the conclusion of the summit.
    This meeting is taking place more than five months after Japanese PM visited India for the annual India-Japan summit. This year marks 70 years of diplomatic relations between the nations.
    India has the '2+2' ministerial format of dialogue with very few countries, including the US, Japan, Australia and Russia. India has been ramping up strategic ties with its key partners in the backdrop of the geo-political turmoil, largely triggered by the Ukraine crisis, China's aggressive posturing in the Indo-Pacific and escalating tension between Beijing and Taipei in the Taiwan Strait.
    Key takeaways from 2+2 meet:
    1) The participating Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to a rules-based global order.
    Indirectly referring to Russia's action in Ukraine and China's in South China Sea, they emphasised on all countries to seek peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with international law without resorting to use of force.
    The ministers again reaffirmed their Prime Ministers commitment in the "Partnership for a Peaceful, Stable and Prosperous Post-COVID World" made in March this year.
    2) The meeting also concluded on the note of their commitment for a free and open Indo-Pacific. The Ministers also reiterated their strong support for ASEAN’s unity and centrality.
    3) The two foreign and defense ministers expressed their satisfaction on some key discussions held in the past. The discussions were held on the following issues - the Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Dialogue of February 2021, the Maritime Affairs Dialogue of September 2021, the Space Dialogue of November 2021 and the Cyber Dialogue of June 2022.
    4) Defence cooperation between the nations was one of the key focal points of the summit.
    India welcomed Japan in the MILAN multilateral exercise and expressed satisfaction on the operationalisation of the agreement on reciprocal provision of supplies and services between their defense forces.
    The Ministers further expressed their commitment to continue bilateral and multilateral military exercises including Dharma Guardian and Malabar.
    5) The summit also sought to deepen the ongoing cooperation in defence equipment and technology, especially for Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) and Robotics.
     
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