Modi, Abe welcome nuclear deal, condemn terrorism
Tokyo, Nov 11 (IANS) Prime Ministers Narendra Modi of India and Shinzo Abe of Japan on Friday welcomed the signing of the civil nuclear agreement between the two countries and said it reflects a “new level of mutual confidence and strategic partnership”.
In a joint statement during Modi’s official visit to Japan, both the leaders underlined the need for all countries to effectively deal with growing menace of transnational terrorism violent extremism.
India and Japan also urged Pakistan to bring to justice the perpetrators of terrorist attacks, including the Mumbai attacks of 2008 and Pathankot airbase attack in January 2016.
Both the countries inked an accord on Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy on Friday.
“The two Prime Ministers condemned terrorism in strongest terms in all its forms and manifestations in the spirit of ‘zero tolerance’. They noted with great concern the growing menace of terrorism and violent extremism and its universal reach,” the joint statement said, as both countries condoled the victims of recent terrorist attacks in India, including Uri in Jammu and Kashmir, Japan, and in Dhaka in Bangladesh.
“They called upon all countries to implement the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1267 and other relevant resolutions designating terrorist entities. They called upon all countries to work towards eliminating terrorists’ safe havens and infrastructure, in disrupting terrorist networks and financing channels and stopping cross-border movement of terrorists”.
Welcoming the growing collaboration between private and public sector entities in environment-friendly and energy-efficient technologies, the two Prime Ministers underlined the importance of promoting further cooperation in such areas as clean coal technologies and popularisation of eco-friendly vehicles, including hybrid and electric vehicles.
Both leaders expressed their intention to achieve an early conclusion to the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009.
Modi and Abe appreciated the deep civilisational links between the people of the two countries, including the “common heritage of Buddhist thought, and underscored their shared commitment to democracy, openness, and the rule of law” as key values to achieve peaceful co-existence.
They welcomed the high degree of convergence in the political, economic and strategic interests of the two countries that provides an enduring basis for a long-term partnership, the joint statement said.
The statement said Modi conveyed his appreciation for Japan’s readiness to provide its state-of-the-art defence platforms such as US-2 amphibian aircraft.
“It symbolises the high degree of trust between the two countries and the distance that Japan and India have covered in advancing their bilateral defence exchanges,” the statement said.
The two leaders emphasised that the evolving character of terrorism called for “stronger international partnership in countering terrorism and violent extremism”, including through increased sharing of information and intelligence.