India, Japan Cherish Special Strategic And Global Partnership: Minister

Tokyo, Nov 8 (Agency) Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday morning and said that India and Japan cherish a Special Strategic and Global Partnership rooted in ancient historical ties. “Reached Tokyo this morning. Look forward to my engagements including interaction with Indian community. India and Japan cherish a Special Strategic and Global Partnership rooted in ancient historical ties and shared values,” MoS Muraleedharan wrote on ‘X’. MoS Muraleedharan is paying an official visit to Japan from November 8 to 10. During the visit, MoS Muraleedharan is expected to hold meetings with ministers, business leaders, academia and members of the Indian diaspora. According to an official statement by the Ministry of External Affairs, he will visit Kyoto, Hiroshima and Oita, besides Tokyo. Moreover, he is scheduled to deliver a lecture on “India and the Emerging World” at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Oita.Notably, India and Japan share a “Special Strategic and Global Partnership” covering a wide range of areas of cooperation. The friendship between the two countries has a long history rooted in spiritual affinity and strong cultural and civilizational ties. There is growing strategic convergence between the two countries.

There is synergy between India’s Act-East Policy, Indo-Pacific vision based on the principle of SAGAR, and Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI) on one hand, and Japan’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific Vision on the other. India-Japan relations were elevated to ‘Global Partnership’ in 2000, ‘Strategic and Global Partnership’ in 2006, and ‘Special Strategic and Global Partnership’ in 2014. Moreover, regular annual summits have been held between India and Japan since, according to the statement. MoS Muraleedharan’s visit is expected to further solidify the wide-ranging partnership between the two countries, the statement said. Moreover, Mr Muraleedharan last week visited Mauritius to participate in the commemoration of the 189th anniversary of the arrival of indentured labourers which took place on November 2. In July, while speaking at the India-Japan Forum in Delhi, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that Japan was the inspiration as the government advances Atmanirbhar Bharat.