Japanese Prime Minister to visit India on March 19-20

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida plans to visit India on March 19-20 for the annual summit. This would drive new investment here and provide an opportunity to build momentum for the bilateral partnership and Quad.

Kishida will be the first world leader to visit India since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. His visit will focus on the Quad Summit that Tokyo plans to hold in May-June, ET has learned. The situation in Ukraine will be high on the agenda of the summit.

An annual India-Japan summit in physical format is on hold as the Japanese Prime Minister had to cancel his visit to Guwahati in December 2019 due to anti-CAA protests and subsequently due to the pandemic.

Kishida is also likely to visit Cambodia, according to a Japanese government insider.

The insider said Kishida hopes to reaffirm with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the pursuit of a free and open Indo-Pacific region as members of the Quad.

The four leaders met virtually for the Quad summit last week to discuss the Russian invasion of Ukraine, among other issues. India avoided condemning Russia, calling for dialogue and diplomacy.

During the March 3 Quad meeting, Kishida said, “Unilateral changes to the status quo by force or coercion, such as the recent Russian aggression against Ukraine, are also unacceptable in the Indo-Pacific region. and open the Indo-Pacific.”

Chinese aggression in the Indo-Pacific region is of concern to both New Delhi and Tokyo.

The Japanese Prime Minister’s visit will also focus on joint projects in third countries besides northeast India and the Bay of Bengal.

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