Prime Minister Modi to visit Japan for bilateral summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay an official visit to Japan on October 28 and 29 to hold an annual bilateral summit with his counterpart Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, External Affairs Ministry said on Friday.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry, under the framework of the Special Strategic and Global Partnership between India and Japan, the two leaders will have wide-ranging discussions on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest. 
Japan is one of the only two countries with which India holds annual bilateral summits.

The India-Japan relationship was elevated to that of a Special Strategic and Global Partnership during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Japan in 2014 for the annual bilateral summit. 

“Prime Minister Modi’s visit will reaffirm the traditional bonds of friendship between the two countries and strengthen their multifaceted cooperation in diverse fields,” the ministry statement said. 

It will also advance the vision of India and Japan working together to promote peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond,” the ministry added. 

This will be the fifth annual bilateral summit between Modi and Abe and their twelfth meeting overall since 2014.