India is an integral partner to assure a free and open Indo-Pacific and Tokyo would like further to expand alliance in the region with New Delhi, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said on July 28.
In an address at the India-Japan Forum, the visiting Minister also referred to an argument by the leaders of the G7 countries in the grouping’s Hiroshima summit in May that any endeavors to change the grade quo by force cannot be tolerated anywhere.
Japan is very enthusiastic about working hand-in-hand with the nation to make its G20 presidency successful, especially the upcoming summit of the intergovernmental forum, said Mr. Hayashi.
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The Japanese Foreign Minister said a call for upholding international law may sound like a mere motto unless the challenges being faced by the Global South are dealt with effectively.
In his comments, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar described Japan as India’s natural partner. Mr. Hayashi arrived in Delhi on Thursday on a two-day visit.
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