India and Japan sign crucial civil nuclear deal

Raj Kamal Rao

In a move that will boost bilateral economic and security ties and facilitate establishment of atomic plants in the country, India and Japan signed a land mark civil nuclear deal with Japan in Tokyo.

Deal allows India to procure nuclear reactors, fuel and technology from Japan. India is the first non-non proliferation treaty signatory to have such a deal with Tokyo.

“Indo-Japan civil nuclear deal marks a historic step in our engagement to build a clean energy partnership,” said PM Narendra Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe  Photo-PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Photo-PTI

The two countries had reached a broad agreement for cooperation in civil nuclear energy sector during Abe’s visit to India in December last year, but the deal was yet to be signed as some issues were yet to be worked out.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is on a three day visit and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe witnessed the signing of the crucial deal which strengthens Strategic and Global Partnership between the two countries.

“A landmark deal for a cleaner, greener world! PM Narendra Modi and PM Abe witness exchange of the landmark Civil Nuclear Agreement,” Said MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

PM Narendra Modi meeting with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, on sideline of the 14th ASEAN India and 11th East Asia Summits, at Vientiane, Lao PDR on September 07, 2016

PM Narendra Modi meeting with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, on sideline of the 14th ASEAN India and 11th East Asia Summits, at Vientiane, Lao PDR on September 07, 2016

Addressing media after at a joint press conference, Prime Minister Modi said that PM Abe and he took stock of the progress in our ties since last Summit. It is clear that our coopn has progressed on multiple fronts.

Prime Minister Modi thanked Japan for its support extended for India’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group. He said that India and Japan are united to combat the menace of terrorism, especially cross-border terrorism.

Modi said that India sees Japan as a natural partner in our aim to be major centre for manufacturing, investments and 21st century knowledge industries.

“Our strategic partnership is not only for the good & security of our own societies. It also brings peace, stability & balance to region,” said Modi adding that successful exercise at Malabar has underscored the strategic convergence in the broad expanse of the waters of the Indo-Pacific.