PM Modi discusses COVID-19, bilateral initiatives with Japan’s Yoshihide Suga

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday discussed with his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga cooperation in diverse areas, including technology, skill development and in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic together.

PM Modi took to Twitter and said: "Spoke to PM @sugawitter of Japan on phone. We reviewed the progress in various ongoing bilateral initiatives. We also discussed our cooperation in diverse areas including high technology, skill development and in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic together."

In a telephonic conversation, the two leaders reviewed the progress in various ongoing bilateral initiatives. According to news agency ANI, the two leaders discussed the COVID-19 situation in their respective countries and exchanged views on various regional and global challenges posed by the pandemic.

"The two leaders also highlighted the importance of close India-Japan cooperation to overcome these challenges, such as by working together to create resilient, diversified and trustworthy supply chains, ensuring a reliable supply of critical materials and technologies, and developing new partnerships in manufacturing and skill development," PMO said.

Japan and India are partners in peace with a common interest in and complementary responsibility for promoting the security, stability and prosperity of Asia as well as in advancing international peace and equitable development.

India on Monday reported 3.52 lakh fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. This is the highest single-day spike registered since the onset of the pandemic. As India fights against the unprecedented health crisis of COVID-19, global support in the form of oxygen supplies, ventilators, raw material for vaccines, PPT kits and oxygen concentrators have started pouring in.

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