December 1, 2022

Japanese Ambassador to India promises to strengthen bilateral relations in New Year message

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Satoshi Suzuki, Ambassador of Japan to India, on Friday assured to enhance the Japan-India bilateral relations and advance the strategic partnership amid the two countries for the next stage.

Satoshi said, “Happy New Year, everyone. I wish to reconfirm my unwavering commitment to strengthening the Japan-India bilateral relations and advancing the strategic partnership between our two countries onto the next stage.”

Suzuki particularly emphasized on ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific’ and ‘Provision of Supplies and Services between the Self Defense Forces of Japan and the Indian Armed Forces.’

Satoshi further said, “We reconfirmed our cooperation for realising the shared vision of a ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific’ through Prime Ministers’ telephone talk and Foreign Minister’s talk, including face-to-face dialogue. In September, the agreement between the Government of Japan and the Government of the Republic of India concerning reciprocal ‘Provision of Supplies and Services’ between the Self defense Forces of Japan and the Indian Armed Forces was signed. Moreover, in October, Japan-Australia-India-US-Foreign Ministers’ Meeting was held in Tokyo. Discussion in person between the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting was held in Tokyo. Discussion in person between the Foreign Ministers from the four countries indicated throughout the world of the strong ties between Japan and India and among the four countries.”

Regarding the financial assistance provided to India from japan, Suzuki said, “Two governments exchanged notes concerning the provision of 50 billion Japanese yen loan to India for a response towards COVID-19 emergency and the provision of  one billion Japanese yen loan to India for a response towards COVID-19 emergency and the provision of one billion Japanese yen Grant Aid towards a project in India to supply medical equipment. Contract of the longest civil work package (C-4) of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor was signed as well. These are proof of the firm partnership between Japan and India that continuously cooperate in spite of the unprecedented crisis.”

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