PM Narendra Modi to meet Japanese counterpart today

Joint statement of PM Narendra Modi and Abe likely to have reference to terrorism


While the officials of both countries were negotiating on the joint document to be delivered after the meeting of PM Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe , sources say that the document is likely to have references of not only Dhaka, but Uri and Pathankot attacks as well.

PM Narendra Modi to meet Japanese counterpart today
Indian PM Narendra Modi

Modi’s fourth Tokya visit

As PM Narendra Modi landed in Tokyo on Thursday, reports state that Japan has agreed to add allusion to terrorism in the joint statement of both countries after he meets his counterpart Shinzo Abe on Friday.

The civil nuclear deal is also on the cards to be signed between both countries during his three-day visit.

It is Modi’s fourth visit to Tokyo in last ten years. Earlier, being the chief minister of Gujarat, he had visited the country two times in 2007 and 2012.

A top Japanese official stated that the terrorism which was a the rarest subject in Japan’s national discourse, was brought closer to home in July when seven of their countrymen were killed in a terrorist attack in Dhaka’s Holey Artisan Bakery.

PM Narendra Modi to meet Japanese counterpart today
Modi with Shinzo Abe

Since one of the victim among them was pregnant, the attacks caused an emotional impact on the people of the country. The incident had made the government and common people in the country much more sensitive towards the terrorism activities, which was till then just a sort of remote concept.

While the officials of India and Japan were still having discussions on the joint statement to be stated out by PM Modi and Shinzo Abe, close sources add that it is likely to have references of Dhaka, Uri and Pathankot attacks.

According to an Indian official in the confidential negotiations, the visiting side wanted explicit references to Uri and Pathankot, Japanese side believed there are ways to mention them.

However, he said, that the condemnation of those who support cross-border terrorism is expected to be mentioned in the statement.

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