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India, Japan reach agreement on nuclear cooperation

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Staff writer ▼ | December 15, 2015
The memorandum outlining broad areas for nuclear cooperation was signed in Delhi by Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.
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Negotiations between the two countries for a civil nuclear deal began in 2010. However, those talks were suspended after the March 2011 accident at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant.

During a May 2013 meeting by Abe and India's then-prime minister Manmohan Singh, the two leaders said that negotiations had resumed.

Speaking at a press conference after the signing, Modi said: "The memorandum we signed on civil nuclear energy cooperation is more than just an agreement for commerce and clean energy." He said, "It is a shining symbol of a new level of mutual confidence and strategic partnership in the cause of a peaceful and secure world."

Modi added, "I know the significance of this decision for Japan. And I assure you that India deeply respects that decision and will honour our shared commitments."

In a statement, Abe noted that the final agreement on cooperation "will be signed after the technical details are finalised, including those related to the necessary internal procedures".


 

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