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US, Japan to promote trilateral talks with India

IANS
Jun 22, 2011 at 10:57am IST

Washington: Welcoming India "as a strong and enduring Asia-Pacific partner", the US and Japan have said they would promote a trilateral dialogue among the three nations.

The two sides "welcome India as a strong and enduring Asia-Pacific partner and encourage India's growing engagement with the region and participation in regional architectures", said a joint statement that was issued on Tuesday after the first US-Japan Security Consultative Committee Meeting held since 2007.

They would also "promote trilateral dialogue among the United States, Japan, and India", it said.

US, Japan to promote trilateral talks with India

The two sides "welcome India as a strong and enduring Asia-Pacific partner".

The statement was issued after a meeting among US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defence Secretary Robert M. Gates and Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto and Defence Minister Toshimi Kitazawa.

Earlier, at a State Department press conference, Clinton also noted "we talked about our efforts to improve regional cooperation in a variety of multilateral forums and through a trilateral dialogue with India".

Discussions during this year's meeting focused on the most critical challenges facing the Asia-Pacific region, Gates said. "Those include the denuclearisation of North Korea, supporting continued progress in Afghanistan, and maritime security," he said.

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