Japan seeks Indian help against terrorism

Tokyo: India today hoped that its strategic partnership with Japan would deepen further to build an edifice for peace and stability in Asia, as Tokyo sought expansion of areas of bilateral cooperation to deal with the growing menace of piracy and terrorism. The two sides exchanged their views on these issues during a meeting between visiting Minister of State for Planning, Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Ashwini Kumar and Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba here.

Kumar informed the Japanese side that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has ordered a comprehensive reinforcement of safety measures in India`s nuclear power plants and added that India is prepared to move in this regard consistent with Japan`s policies. On his part, Gemba said the two countries should enlarge the areas of cooperation and together secure the safety of the sea lanes against piracy and terrorism so as to ensure maritime security and the security of energy supplies of both India and Japan.

He also stated that Japan supports the call for reform of the UN and multilateral institutions to reflect the new realities. India is looking forward to the visit of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to the country in December and Kumar hoped that the strategic dialogue between the two countries will precede the annual summit meeting.

Kumar said that India remains committed to a fair and non-discriminatory non-proliferation regime and expressed appreciation for Japan`s support to India in the Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG) for its civil nuclear energy programme. He also proposed establishment of an Indo-Japan Science Centre in India. The two ministers exchanged notes on the ways to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries to further deepen their multifaceted engagement.