India-Japan-US hold trilateral meet in Delhi; ‘to enhance cooperation’

Japanese team was headed by Satoshi Suzuki

Freedom of navigation and counter-terrorism were the two most important topics covered in the crucial discussions held in Delhi between India-Japan-United States trilateral meeting.

The meeting was held in view of rising and more assertive China even if the three does not acknowledge so.

The meeting comes a fortnight before a summit between American president Donald Trump and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Florida resort.

While the Indian team was led by Munu Mahawar, JS Americas and Pranay Verma, JS East Asia, in the Ministry of External Affairs, the US team was jointly led by Alice Wells, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian Affairs and Susan Thornton, acting assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

The Japanese team was headed by Satoshi Suzuki, director general foreign policy bureau of the ministry of foreign affairs.

According to a joint press release, the officials “explored practical steps to enhance cooperation in the areas of connectivity and infrastructure development, counter-proliferation, counter-terrorism, maritime security, maritime domain awareness and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief.

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