Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is scheduled to visit India on the 19th & 20th, the Indian government said.
“Prime Minister Kishida and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a summit in New Delhi this weekend,” Arindam Bagchi, spokesman for the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at a press briefing.
It is the first visit by a Japanese Prime Minister to India since the visit of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2017.
Earlier, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar held bilateral talks on the occasion of the Quad Foreign Ministers Meeting held in Australia on the 12th of last month and agreed to promote Prime Minister Kishidas visit to India.
Prime Minister Kishidas visit to India is drawing attention in that it will take place between quadruped member countries amid various international issues such as Chinas expansion of influence in the Indo-Pacific region and Russias invasion of Ukraine.
The “Four-Party Security Dialogue”, Quad is an Indo-Pacific security consultative body in which the United States, Japan, Australia and India participate to contain Chinas expansion in the Pacific.
Japanese media reported last month that Prime Minister Kishida visited India ahead of the Quad Summit to be held in Japan in May of this year, and met Prime Minister Modi with ‘Free and Open India·Pacific’ It has been reported that they plan to confirm strengthening cooperation for realization.
The free and open Indo·Pacific advocated by Quad has the meaning of restraining Chinas maritime advance.
In addition, this summit is expected to discuss the situation in which India and other quad member states are at odds in their attitude toward Russia in relation to the Ukraine crisis.
Currently, Japan is actively participating in US-led sanctions against Russia, such as withdrawing the “most-favoured country treatment”, a trade preferential treatment for Russia, while India abstained from a resolution condemning Russia at the UN General Assembly. Unlike many Western countries, it has not yet voiced criticism of Russia.
Indias failure to take a decisive attitude toward Russia is based on military relations, etc., which have led to decades of ‘secret relationship’ There is an analysis that it is because of this.