New Delhi: With an aim of increasing
military cooperation, the first Army to Army staff-level talks
between India and Japan began here today.
"During the talks, the two sides will discuss their
mutual security issues along with institutionalising the
annual calendar of the exchanges between them in the coming
year," Army officials said here.
The Japanese delegation for the talks is led by their
Director General for Policy and Programmes Major General
The talks signify the increasing cooperation between the
two countries during which they will also discuss the present
ties and look at the ways of enhancing it, they added.
The Army holds such parleys with nine other countries
including Australia, Malaysia and England.
Though differences on the CTBT and Nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) still persist between New Delhi
and Tokyo, military ties between the two countries have been
increasing in the recent past.
The Japanese Navy warships have participated in the
Indo-US Malabar series of naval exercises in the Pacific ocean
in the recent past.
The two sides also agreed on an action plan during
Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama`s visit last year.
The action plan aims at holding regular meetings between
the defence ministers, annual official-level defence policy
dialogue, annual military-to-military talks, regular
reciprocal visits of the service chiefs and ground-to-ground
staff talks, Navy-to-Navy staff talks, and developing an
annual calendar of defence cooperation and exchanges.