January 8, New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi exchanged greetings with the representatives from various nations, strengthening relations with them, on Monday including President of the United States Donald Trump, President of Russia Vladimir Putin and the Foreign Minister of Japan Taro Kono.
Prime Minister Modi and President Donald J. Trump of the United States exchanged New Year greetings in a telephonic conversation where they expressed satisfaction at the progress in India-US strategic partnership in 2018. They also appreciated developments such as the launch of the new 2+2 Dialogue mechanism and the first-ever trilateral Summit of India, the US and Japan.
Agreeing to continue to work together for further strengthening India-US bilateral relations in 2019, the two leaders also took positive note of growing bilateral cooperation in defence, counter-terrorism and energy and coordination on regional and global issues.
PM Modi also exchanged warm greetings for the year 2019 with President Vladimir Putin of Russia. The Prime Minister also wished the President and Russian people on the occasion of Christmas, which was being celebrated in Russia yesterday.
The two leaders appreciated the major milestones achieved in the Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership between the two countries in the past year.
They also recalled the successful wide-ranging discussions, inter alia, in Sochi in May and during President Putin's visit to New Delhi in October for the Annual Summit and agreed to maintain the momentum in the bilateral relations. Another topic of discussion was bilateral cooperation in the key areas including defence and counter-terrorism.
Agreeing with the fact that India-Russia cooperation plays an important role in the global multilateral order, both leaders decided to continue their close consultations in the United Nations, the BRICS, the SCO and other multilateral organizations. President Putin emphasised again on the invitation to the annual Eastern Economic Forum in September 2019.
Foreign Minister of Japan, Mr Taro Kono paid a courtesy call on PM Narendra Modi yesterday, briefing him about the follow-up action taken in recent months after the visit of PM Modi to Japan in October 2018.
PM Modi had visited his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in October 2018 where the two leaders discussed about economic cooperation and strengthening bilateral security, and issues related to defence, regional security and the situation in the Indo-Pacific region in the 13th India-Japan summit. Shinzo Abe had also held informal talks with PM Modi calling him one of his “most dependable friends”.
The Prime Minister warmly recalled this successful visit and reiterated his strong commitment to further deepen the Special Strategic and Global Partnership between India and Japan. He also said that India is looking forward to the next round of Annual Summit with Japan, later this year.