NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday spoke to his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga over the phone and discussed the Covid-19 situation in both countries.
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in a statement said that both the leaders exchanged views on various regional and global challenges posed by the pandemic.
“They highlighted the importance of close India-Japan cooperation to overcome these challenges, such as by working together to create resilient, diversified and trustworthy supply chains, ensuring reliable supply of critical materials and technologies, and developing new partnerships in manufacturing and skill development,” the PMO statement said.
They emphasized the need for early operationalization of the Specified Skilled workers (SSW) agreement in order to synergize their strengths and achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.
During their conversation, they highlighted the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR) project as a shining example of their cooperation and welcomed the steady progress in its execution.
Both the leaders appreciated the support and facilitation provided to resident citizens in each other’s country during the Covid-19 pandemic, and agreed to continue such coordination, the PMO added.
PM Modi also thanked his Japanese counterpart for providing assistance to India for combating the pandemic.
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