Thursday, July 19, 2007

Japanese PM to address Indian parliament

This article from MSN highlights the highest honour for the visiting Japanese Prime Minister and underlines the growing strength in the Indo-Japan relationship

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

New Delhi: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will address a joint session of the Indian parliament on Aug 22 - a special gesture that will underline warming ties between the two countries.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi made the announcement here recently.

In a way, India is reciprocating the Japanese gesture of letting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh address Diet during his visit to Tokyo last year.

The monsoon session of parliament is likely to begin on Aug 6.

Abe will come here on Aug 20 on a three-day state visit that is set to impart more economic and political substance to the growing ties between the two Asian powers.

India and Japan also held their first strategic dialogue on economic issues and discussed steps needed to conclude an economic partnership agreement before the end of next year.

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