Japan minister in India to discuss nuclear cooperation
NEW DELHI, Aug 21, AFP Japan's foreign minister Katsuya Okada
arrived in India on Saturday to push forward civilian nuclear
cooperation between the two countries.
His visit came a day after India's cabinet approved a long-delayed
draft law that will clear the way for foreign nuclear groups to build
reactors in the 150-billion-dollar Indian atomic energy market.
Okada was slated to hold talks with his counterpart, S.M. Krishna,
during the two-day state visit, an Indian foreign ministry statement
said.The two foreign ministers aimed to firm up defence and economic
ties against the backdrop of a second round of talks on a civil nuclear
pact between the two countries, which is expected to be signed next
In June, the two countries launched talks on the agreement which will
allow Tokyo to export civilian nuclear technology and related equipment
to energy-hungry India.
"India-Japan relations have undergone a significant and qualitative
shift in recent years," the Indian government statement said.Both sides
have expressed "resolve to enhance our mutually beneficial strategic and
global partnership," the statement added.
The two sides will also discuss economic cooperation, including a
multi-billion-dollar Japanese loan for the Delhi-Mumbai freight corridor
connecting northern cities with western ports.
Japan is the sixth-largest foreign investor in India and two-way
trade totals more than 12 billion dollars.