Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. (Photo: Reuters)

Hanoi (VNA) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on November 14 agreed to join hands to set up a free and open order of the Asia Pacific based on respect of international regulations.

The two leaders met on the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila, the Philippines.

Abe affirmed that he wants to elevate Japan-India ties to the highest level.

Abe and Modi reached consensus on tight collaboration to deal with regional threats like missile and nuclear programmes of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) by carrying out the UN’s sanctions.

They agreed to continue discussions on India’s purchase of Japanese US-2 amphibious aircraft used in search and rescue activities. Railway development was on the table as well.

At the meeting, Abe said that Japan will simplify visa granting procedures for Indian nationals from January 1, 2018.

Previously, diplomatic officials of Japan, India, Australia and the US on November 12 discussed a free and open regional order and they agreed to work together based on common values.
Earlier, Abe said the four countries will establish a security zone for Asia-Pacific.-VNA