Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar holds talks with Japanese PM

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Tokyo: India and Japan have agreed to build a strong relationship in defence and security as Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar held talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Monday. Parrikar, who is on a four-day visit to Japan, also held talks with his Japanese counterpart General Nakatani and both chaired the Defence Ministerial Meeting. 

Highlighting that Japan is the first country he is visiting since assumption of office, the Defence Minister said he would like to see a strong partnership with Japan in defence equipment and technology. 

Japanese PM Abe said he wants to build a strong relationship with India not only in economic field but also in defence and security field. 

He said that a strong India-Japan partnership is not only in the national interest of the two countries but is also important for peace and security in the region.