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India, Japan ask each other to relax visa regimes

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 18:09

New Delhi: India and Japan Tuesday asked
each other to liberalise visa regimes to help promote
cooperation in trade and investment and people-to-people
contact.

After his talks with Japanese counterpart Yukio
Hatoyama, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he requested him
to ensure that Japanese visa system becomes more liberal to
enable growth of trade investment and people-to-people
contact.

"I raised (with Hatoyama) the Japanese visa system and
requested to have this looked into as the means promoting
increased cooperation in trade, investment in particular in
hi-technology areas," Singh said at a joint press conference.

On his part, Hatoyama said he sought "cooperation" from
the Indian side with regard to procedure for visa issuance
because the major projects (involving Japanese citizens) were
not only beneficial for the two countries but was also for the
global economy.

Singh said Hatoyama pointed to some "concerns" with
regard to Indian visas and "I promised him that I will have it
looked into."

At the same time, Singh pointed out that as a special
case India has introduced visa on arrival for Japanese
citizens.

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 18:09

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