India, Japan, US discuss global, regional issues

The first trilateral talk between the US, India and Japan concluded here with the countries exchanging their views on a wide range of regional and global issues of mutual interest.

Last Updated: Dec 20, 2011, 09:13 AM IST

Washington: The first trilateral talk
between the US, India and Japan concluded here with the
countries exchanging their views on a wide range of regional
and global issues of mutual interest.

"These discussions mark the beginning of a series of
consultations among our three governments, who share common
values and interests across the Asia-Pacific and the globe,"
a joint statement issued by the three countries at the
conclusion of the day-long meeting said.

Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia,
Robert Blake and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia
and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell co-chaired the meeting.

"All sides welcomed the frank and comprehensive nature of
the discussions, and agreed the talks help advance their
shared values and interests," the statement said.

The group agreed to meet again in Tokyo in 2012 to
continue their deliberations.

Earlier in the day US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,
and the visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba
stressed on the need to deepen their strategic partnership
with India.

In an interview last week, Campbell had said that
the three countries were slated to discuss a number of issues:
larger and strategic development in Asia, trends, economic,
military, strategic.

PTI