Security to dominate Abe-Modi talks

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie, leave Haneda Airport for India on Wednesday morning.

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left for India on a government jet from Haneda Airport on Wednesday morning, together with his wife, Akie.

Abe will meet with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, to confirm their countries’ cooperation on maritime security and responses to North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats.

“The whole international community must steadily implement the U.N. Security Council’s [latest] resolution and make North Korea change its policy,” Abe told reporters at Haneda Airport before his departure. “I want to convey this to the world together with Prime Minister Modi.”

Abe will arrive in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, in western India on Wednesday afternoon.

After visiting places associated with Mahatma Gandhi, Abe will attend a dinner party hosted by Modi.

On Thursday, Abe will take part in a groundbreaking ceremony of a high-speed railway connecting Ahmedabad and Mumbai, also in western India.

He will then hold talks with Modi in Gandhinagar, the capital of Gujarat.

To cope with China’s increasing maritime assertiveness, the two leaders are expected to agree to strengthen security cooperation via joint naval exercises by Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force and the U.S. and Indian militaries.Speech

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