New Japanese Premier Yoshihide Suga

Newly appointed Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday said that he is ready to meet with Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), without “any conditions”.

“As the new Prime Minister of Japan, I am ready to meet with Chairman Kim Jong Un without any conditions,” Suga said in his debut at the General Debate of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly.

Suga said that Japan seeks to normalize its relationship with the DPRK in accordance with the Japan-DPRK Pyongyang Declaration.

According to the bilateral accord inked in 2002, both countries will seek to settle the nuclear and missile issue on the Korean Peninsula, as well as the issue of Japanese nationals allegedly abducted in the 1970s and 1980s.

Suga also noted in his remarks that establishing a constructive relationship between Tokyo and Pyongyang “will not only serve the interests of both sides but will also greatly contribute to regional peace and stability.”

“I will miss no opportunity to take actions with all my dedication,” he said.

In his conclusion, the new prime minister said Japan is determined to host the Tokyo Olympics next summer “as proof that humanity has defeated the pandemic.”

India-Japan Relations

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a phone call conversation with his Japanese counterpart Suga Yoshihide, on Friday.

Prime Minister Modi and the Japanese premier agreed that the India-Japan Special Strategic & Global Partnership has made great advances over the last few years and expressed their intention to further strengthen this relationship based upon ‘mutual trust’ and ‘shared values’.

The two leaders concurred that the partnership is more relevant in wake of global challenges, including that of the COVID-19 pandemic.

They emphasized that the economic architecture of a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region must be premised on resilient supply chains, and in this context, welcomed cooperation between India, Japan and other like-minded countries.

The two leaders appreciated the progress made in the economic partnership between the two countries and welcomed the finalization of terms of the agreement pertaining to specialized skilled workers.

The Prime Minister extended an invitation to Prime Minister Suga to visit India for the Annual Bilateral Summit, after the improvement of the situation caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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