Japan-India Leaders’ Working Lunch (Summary)
March 20, 2023
On March 20, commencing at 0:50 p.m. local time (4:20 p.m. on March 20, Japan Standard Time) for approximately 70 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, visiting India, held a working lunch with H.E. Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
1. International order based on the rule of law
With regard to Russia's aggression against Ukraine, Prime Minister Kishida explained that such unilateral change of the status quo by force in violation of international law must not be tolerated anywhere in the world, including in Asia.
The two leaders confirmed that they share responsibility to maintain and strengthen the international order based on the rule of law and concurred on the importance of clearly outlining this idea at the G7 and G20 meetings.
2. Cooperation in regional and international affairs
The two leaders exchanged views on various regional issues.
The two leaders confirmed that they do not tolerate any attempt to unilaterally change the status quo by force in the East and South China Seas.
The two leaders also exchanged views on the situation in North Korea, and confirmed that they will continue to work together in dealing with North Korea, including on the abductions issue.
The two leaders also exchanged views on Sri Lanka and concurred in working closely together, including on the country's debt issue.
The two leaders confirmed that the two countries will coordinate closely bilaterally as well as in the G4 to achieve concrete results on the Security Council reform.