The annual Indo-Japanese summit level dialogue between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe has been postponed due to the ongoing protests that have rocked Guwahati and other parts of North-Eastern India over the issue of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.
Now, a mutually convenient date shall be decided by both the nations.
NewsMobile broke this news on Thursday when sources confirmed that the situation in Guwahati and other parts of North-East India was being closely watched and the talks may be postponed.
The Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar has tweeted saying:” With reference to the proposed visit of Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to India, both sides have decided to defer the visit to a mutually convenient date in the near future”.
With reference to the proposed visit of Japanese PM @AbeShinzo to India, both sides have decided to defer the visit to a mutually convenient date in the near future.
— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) December 13, 2019
Earlier in the day, Japan’s Jiji Press had reported that the Japanese Prime Minister has cancelled his visit to India.
Earlier, the annual summit was scheduled to have been held from December 15-17th.
In the past few weeks, Japan had withdrawn from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement in solidarity with India which had refused to become a part of the economic alliance.
The two countries closely cooperate on issues related to development assistance, defence partnership, joint execution of projects in third nations and pursuance of common geo-political objectives.
It has also been reported that the Indian Army is training the Japanese security forces in counter-terrorism as they gear up to host the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.