Japan PM Shinzo Abe to visit India on Dec 15, bilateral likely in Assam

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be in India from December 15-17, the government said on Friday.  has learnt that he is likely to go to Assam as the bilateral meeting will take place in Guwahati. The two leaders are likely to go to Kaziranga National Park and also visit Imphal.

The focus of the visit will be projects in the Northeast, in tune with India’s Act East policy. Delhi and Tokyo have made “significant progress” in the negotiations of Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) since the announcement to commence the negotiations in October 2018.

Last year, the two sides agreed to begin formal negotiations over the ACSA, which would allow the Indian military and the Japan Self Defense Force (JSDF) to use each other’s bases for logistical support.

The ACSA would permit the Indian Navy access to a Japanese base in Djibouti, while the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) would be permitted to use India’s military installations on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands located in the Indian Ocean, which lie near the Malacca Straits, next to other naval facilities.

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