Strengthening strategic cooperation at the center of Rajnath’s 5-day visit to Mongolia, Japan

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will embark on a five-day visit to Mongolia and Japan from Monday in a bid to expand India’s strategic and defense ties with the two countries amid evolving the regional security matrix and geopolitical unrest.

Singh’s visit to Mongolia from September 5-7 will be the first-ever tour to the East Asian country by an Indian defense minister.

In Japan, Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will join their Japanese counterparts in the “2+2” foreign affairs and defense ministerial dialogue, sources familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

From Mongolia, the Minister of Defense will travel to Japan for a two-day visit on September 8-9. The “2+2” dialogue is scheduled to take place on September 8.

The dialogue comes more than five months after Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visited India for the annual India-Japan Summit.

At the New Delhi summit, Kishida announced an investment target of five trillion yen (Rs 3,20,000 crore) in India over the next five years.

In the 2+2 dialogue, the two sides are expected to deliberate on ways to further expand bilateral cooperation in the fields of defense and security, in addition to taking stock of developments in the Indo-Pacific. said the people quoted above.

The Japanese delegation will be led to the talks by Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada.

The “2+2” dialogue with Japan was launched in 2019 to further deepen bilateral security and defense cooperation and deepen the special strategic and comprehensive partnership between the two countries.

India has the “2+2” ministerial dialogue format with very few countries including the United States, Japan, Australia and Russia. India has stepped up strategic ties with key partners amid geopolitical turmoil, largely sparked by the Ukraine crisis, China’s aggressive posturing in the Indo-Pacific and escalating tensions between Beijing and Taipei in the Taiwan Strait. Announcing Singh’s visit to Mongolia, the Defense Ministry said it will further consolidate defense cooperation and strategic partnership between the two countries.

He said he would hold bilateral talks with Mongolian Defense Minister Lt. Gen. Saikhanbayar and call President U Khurelsukh and Grand Khural (parliament) Speaker G Zandanshatar. “The two democracies have a common interest in fostering peace and prosperity throughout the region,” the ministry said in a statement. He said that India and Mongolia share a strategic partnership and defense is a key pillar of this partnership. Bilateral defense engagements with Mongolia have expanded over time to include numerous contacts between the two countries, including joint task force meetings, military-to-military exchanges, and capacity building and training programs. .

“During the bilateral talks, the two defense ministers will review bilateral defense cooperation between India and Mongolia and explore new initiatives to further strengthen bilateral engagements. The two leaders will also exchange views on regional and global issues of common concern,” the ministry said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a visit to Mongolia in May 2015, bringing renewed vigor to ties in various fields, including defense and security.

During the visit, India announced a $1 billion line of credit to Mongolia for infrastructure development and strengthened its ties with the strategic partnership.

The India-Mongolia joint military exercise “Nomadic Elephant” is held every year.

The last two editions of the exercise were held in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia) in September 2018 and in October 2019 in Himachal Pradesh.

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