New York City: The External Affairs Minister of India, S. Jaishankar, and his Japanese counterpart, Yōko Kamikawa, reached a consensus on bolstering economic collaboration, with a special focus on advancing the high-speed railway venture--an emblematic project jointly undertaken by India and Japan.
This pivotal meeting took place in New York City during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session. In a half-hour discussion, both ministers underscored the vital importance of upholding and fortifying a global order characterized by freedom and adherence to the rule of law. They committed to reinforcing their collective efforts in addressing international issues, as elucidated in a statement released by Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Furthermore, the ministers engaged in a comprehensive exchange of views regarding regional developments, including matters concerning the Indo-Pacific and the situation in Ukraine. They also deliberated on reforms to the United Nations Security Council.
External Affairs Minister Jaishankar extended his warm congratulations to Foreign Minister Kamikawa on her appointment. In response, Minister Kamikawa expressed her firm determination to enhance the "Japan-India Special Strategic and Global Partnership." She also expressed deep respect for India's role as the Chair of the G20 New Delhi Summit.
Minister Kamikawa emphasized the close cooperation between their two nations as they assumed the presidencies of the G7 and G20, respectively, and their ability to align the outcomes of the G7 with those of the G20.
Taking to his social media platform 'X,' formerly known as Twitter, Jaishankar shared, "I had a delightful meeting with Japan's Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa at #UNGA78. We exchanged perspectives on our Special Strategic and Global Partnership and discussed our collaborative efforts on regional, multilateral, and global fronts."
Notably, Jaishankar is leading the Indian delegation during a week-long visit to New York, culminating in his address to a high-level session of the 78th UNGA on September 26, as confirmed by an official statement from the Ministry of External Affairs.
As part of this visit from September 22 to 30, Jaishankar will host a special event titled 'India-UN for Global South: Delivering for Development,' aligning with India's commitment to supporting the Global South.
After concluding his engagements related to the 78th UNGA, the External Affairs Minister is slated to travel to Washington, D.C. from September 27 to 30 for bilateral meetings with U.S. counterparts. His itinerary includes discussions with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, high-ranking members of the U.S. administration, leaders from the American business community, and representatives of prominent think tanks.