The fifth India-Japan 2+2 Vice-Ministerial level dialogue was held in New Delhi on June 19, 2018.
The meeting was co-chaired on the Indian side by Foreign Secretary, Vijay Gokhale and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra and from the Japanese side by Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Takeo Mori and Vice-Minister of Defence for International Affairs, Ro Manabe. The Dialogue was held in a friendly and forward-looking manner, in keeping with the India-Japan ‘Special Strategic and Global Partnership’.
A press statement from the Indian government said that during this meet, ‘both sides reviewed the entire gamut of India-Japan relations and discussed issues having overlapping foreign policy and security dimensions of India-Japan cooperation and consultations. Both sides reaffirmed their common desire to build on the strong foundations of bilateral cooperation and exchanges in order to forge a relationship of mutual benefit. In this context, both sides discussed measures to strengthen cooperation in fields such as counter-terrorism, maritime security, defense equipment & technology, peacekeeping operations, etc.’
The discussions, which also centred on important issues covering regional and global dimensions, helped to further underscore the shared values and interests between India and Japan.