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Modi’s talks with Japan, Australia PMs focus on Ukraine


New Delhi: India and Japan will reaffirm their commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific on Saturday with a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his visiting counterpart Fumio Kishida.
This will be the first in-person India-Japan summit since 2018 and, as stated by the government, will provide an opportunity for both sides to strengthen bilateral cooperation and exchange views on regional and global issues of mutual interest. “In order to advance their partnership. Peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond”.
Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison will have another summit on Monday after the 14th annual summit with Japan. Ukraine’s position is expected to figure prominently in Modi’s back-to-back summits with India’s quad partners.
India remains the only quad country that has not condemned Russia’s military action in Ukraine. Calling on India to take a more explicit stand on Ukraine, Kishida is also expected to express concerns about alleged human rights violations in China and Chinese activities in the East and South China Seas.
Modi will hold the second India-Australia virtual summit on Monday. “…the leaders are expected to commit to closer cooperation in trade, vital minerals, migration and mobility, and education,” the government said in a statement.
India’s stand on Ukraine is in stark contrast to the position of both Japan and Australia. While Japan has imposed sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, Australia has warned China of consequences, saying China needs to be transparent about its relationship with Moscow if it supports Russia’s actions. need to be. It said, “Regional and international issues of mutual interest will also be discussed by the leaders. The summit highlighted the importance of close cooperation by the two countries on their bilateral ties as well as on regional and global issues.” Is.”
The India-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership has maintained an upward trajectory with both countries continuing to cooperate closely despite the pandemic in a wide range of sectors including science and technology, defence, water resources management. said.


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