NEW DELHI (AP) — India and Japan have signed agreements on cooperation in the energy and telecom sectors during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to New Delhi.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held talks with Abe on Saturday and said India was taking steps to facilitate Japan's links with India's growing economy.
Singh said that India also was discussing with Japan the possibility of buying an amphibian aircraft called the US-2 and its co-production in India. "More broadly, we are working toward increasing our cooperation in the area of advanced technologies."
The two agreed to hold regular consultations between their national security councils on security issues. India invited Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force to participate in this year's India-U.S. naval exercises off India's western coast, according to a joint statement issued after the official talks.
The Indo-U.S. exercises, launched in 2006, include air operations and sea control missions aimed at preventing piracy and countering terrorism at sea.
Abe arrived in New Delhi on Saturday for a three-day visit. He was the chief guest at India's Republic Day celebrations on Sunday.
Japan is keen to boost exports of atomic technology and other infrastructure to help revive its economy.
On Saturday, Singh said "our negotiations toward an agreement for cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy have gained momentum in the last few months."