India-Japan bilateral relationship has greatest potential: Abe

PM Modi acknowledged the Japanese prime minister’s vision for the bilateral relationship.

IANS| Last Updated: Nov 21, 2015, 19:17 PM IST

Kuala Lumpur: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday said that the India-Japan bilateral relationship has the "greatest potential", a view that was shred by his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

"The India-Japan relationship has the greatest potential of any bilateral relationship in the world," Abe said as he met Modi over lunch on the sidelines of the 13th Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)-India Summit.

Modi acknowledged the Japanese prime minister’s vision for the bilateral relationship, and said he looked forward to the visit of Abe to India, according to an official statement.

“The prime minister said that Japan was partnering India in a number of initiatives such as the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), which had transformative potential,” the statement said.

Regional connectivity, maritime security, the upcoming Conference of Parties (CoP)-21 climate summit in Paris, reform of the UN Security Council, and the issue of terrorism also came up for discussion in the talks between Modi and Abe.

Modi arrived in Kuala Lumpur early on Saturday to attend the 13th Asean-India Summit.

He will also attend the 10th East Asia Summit on Sunday.