India To Hold Bilateral Meet With Japanese General Izutsu Shunji To Boost Military Ties
Delhi: The Japanese Chief of Staff of Air Force, General Izutsu Shunji met with the Indian Air Force Chief RKS Bhadauria here on Thursday (December 10). The two Chiefs are scheduled to hold a bilateral conference to discuss ways of further strengthen military ties between India and Japan.
Japan was one of the first countries, Narendra Modi had visited soon after taking the charge of the country as the Prime Minister in 2014. Since 2015, Japan joined as a permanent member in the Malabar Naval exercise which is held annually by India, the US and Japan.
On September 9, India and Japan signed an “Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement”. The Agreement, which was signed at the time of border standoff with China, was seen as a way of India and Japan coming closer diplomatically.
The agreement allows the Indian and Japanese militaries to exchange supplies and services on a reciprocal basis. These include exercises in which they both participate, the U.N. and humanitarian assistance operations around the world, as well as visits to each other’s ports.
India currently has such an arrangement, with the United States, Oman, France, Singapore, South Korea, and Australia.
On October 7, Prime Minister Modi gave his nod for signing a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) in the field of cybersecurity between India and Japan. India,