India, Japan vow to fight terror, boost economic development

Tokyo [Japan]: India and Japan on Thursday discussed various issues including terrorism, economic development, and mutual cooperation, a joint statement by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said.

According to the statement, the two leaders exchanged views on Japan’s role in the economic development of India, and in the view of Tokyo’s contribution in the development of foreign countries, the two countries discussed development schemes in Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.

Describing terrorism as a black spot in the world and agreeing to tackle the menace together, Swaraj emphasised on the need to demolish terrorist safe havens, destroy terror networks and stall the terrorists’ plans to launch attacks on foreign territories.

Kono and Swaraj welcomed the constantly increasing interaction between the people of the two countries, including economists, Members of Parliament and scholars.

It said India and Japan last year celebrated the bond of friendship and organised cultural activities all year around. Swaraj said the events helped in the development of a close partnership between Indian states and Japanese prefectures.(ANI)