Japan and India can seal the nuclear deal during Modi’s visit
Civil nuclear cooperation agreement could get sealed during PM Modi’s visit
India and Japan are likely to sign a civil nuclear cooperation agreement during the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to Japan,
PM’s visit to Japan is scheduled for next week as the two sides have completed the internal procedures for the much-awaited agreement.
Moreover, the two countries have also sealed a broad agreement for cooperation in the civil nuclear energy during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to New Delhi last year in December but the final deal was yet to be signed as certain technical and also legal issues were to be sorted out.
Vikas Swarup, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson, has said that both the countries have completed the internal procedures which include some legal and technical aspects of the text of the pact.
Prime Minister Modi’s two-day visit beginning from November 11
When specifically asked whether the pact will be inked during the Prime Minister Modi’s two-day visit beginning November 11, he only said, “I cannot pre-judge the outcome of the talks.”
There has been a political resistance in Japan to go ahead with a nuclear deal with India, particularly after the disaster at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in the year 2011.
Japan is a major player in the nuclear energy market, and an atomic deal with it will make it easier for the US-based nuclear plant makers Westinghouse Electric Corporation and GE Energy Inc to set up atomic plants in India as both these conglomerates have been Japanese investments.
During his visit, Prime Minister Modi will also be having an audience with the Emperor of Japan and hold the annual summit meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Ahead of this trip, a delegation of Japanese parliamentarians called on Prime Minister Modi on Thursday, which was led by Toshihiro Nikai.
Mr. Swarup said that the Prime Minister recalled his interaction with the Japan-India Parliamentarians’ Friendship League in the month of September, and has welcomed increased interaction between the legislatures of both countries.
He said that PM Modi also called for further strengthening exchanges between State-level legislatures.