India, Japan review situation in Indo-Pacific during Rajnath’s visit to Tokyo

NEW DELHI: India and Japan carried out a comprehensive review of security situation in the Indo-Pacific region, including the latest developments in the South China Sea, during Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s two-day visit to Tokyo.

Singh held wide-ranging talks with Japanese counterpart Takeshi Iwaya on Monday during which both sides explored possibility of cooperation in third countries in the Indo-Pacific region through various initiatives, officials said.

A joint statement issued on Tuesday said the two ministers affirmed their intention to hold the first foreign and defence ministerial dialogue under the two-plus-two framework ahead of the Indo-Japan annual summit later this year.

It said the Japan-India-US trilateral maritime exercise “Malabar” will be held from late September to early October this year. (AGENCIES)