Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday called Japan ‘a natural partner of India’.
PM made the statement in a joint address to the media along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo after the delegation-level talks between the two sides.
He said “Today’s signing of the Agreement for Cooperation in Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy marks a historic step in our engagement to build a clean energy partnership.”
“Our cooperation in this field will help us combat the challenge of climate change. I also acknowledge the special significance that such an agreement has for Japan,” he said.
“I thank Prime Minister Abe, the Japanese government and the parliament for their support to this agreement.”
The agreement provides for the development of nuclear power projects in India and thus strengthening of energy security of the country.
“It will open the door for collaboration between Indian and Japanese industries in India’s civil nuclear programme,” he added.
Modi said that the India-Japan strategic partnership “was not only for the good and security of our own societies”, it also brought peace, stability and balance to the region.
“It is alive and responsive to emerging opportunities and challenges in Asia-Pacific,” he said.