India's External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar has called for expansion of India-Japan partnership for projects in a third country to Russia's far east and Pacific island countries. Both countries already have a partnership in third world countries for infrastructure and project development. Jaishankar said that India, Japan ties have turned from "narrow bilateral relation" to "landscape of interaction now broader" and signifying "maturing of relations". India, Japan engage via "act east forum" which is chaired by foreign secretary of India and Japanese envoy to Delhi. India is also increasing its outreach to Pacific island countries, especially via the Forum for India-Pacific Islands cooperation or FIPIC which has India and 14 Pacific Island countries, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
Source: dna September 19, 2020 03:56 UTC