During a meeting in April, Modi and Suga emphasised the importance of collaborating to construct resilient, diversified, and trustworthy supply chains, secure a stable supply of vital materials and technology, and form new manufacturing and skill development partnerships.
In Washington, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga held a “fruitful” meeting where they addressed a variety of topics, including how to boost trade and cultural connections.
Both leaders also discussed how to strengthen bilateral strategic ties ahead of US President Joe Biden’s first-ever in-person Quad summit.
“Furthering friendship with Japan. Prime Ministers @narendramodi and @sugawitter had a fruitful meeting in Washington DC. Both leaders held discussions on several issues including ways to give further impetus to trade and cultural ties,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) tweeted.
This was also PM Modi’s first face-to-face encounter with Suga since the latter succeeded Shinzo Abe as Prime Minister in September of last year.
The bilateral meeting takes place a day before the Quad’s first in-person summit, which brings together Australia, India, Japan, and the United States.
PM Modi and Suga spoke on the phone in April and discussed cooperation in a variety of areas, including high technology, skill development, and battling the COVID-19 epidemic.
Suga had previously cancelled a trip to India planned for the end of April due to the coronavirus outbreak.