NEW DELHI, March 20 (DPA/EP) –
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi called for an “immediate end to violence” in Ukraine after talks at a summit in New Delhi on Saturday following Russia’s invasion.
Kishida and Modi have stressed the importance of the safety of nuclear facilities in Ukraine and pledged to take measures to address the humanitarian crisis Ukraine is facing, they said in a joint statement released after their meeting.
“Both leaders agree that there is no other option but the path of dialogue and diplomacy” to resolve the conflict,” Indian Foreign Minister Harsh Vardhan Shringla told reporters.
Both heads of state had previously assured that “no change in the status quo” should be “allowed” by force “in any region”.
“Both Prime Minister Modi and I confirm that we need a peaceful solution based on international law (…) Japan, together with India, will continue to try to end the war and will continue to support Ukraine and its neighboring countries,” Modi said described in detail.
India and Japan, along with the United States and Australia, are part of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, seen as a regional bulwark against China’s growing assertiveness.
India, which traditionally has close ties with Moscow, is the only Quad member not yet to condemn Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine.
Kishida, who is in India for his first bilateral visit since becoming Japan’s prime minister, has also announced a 5 trillion yen ($38 billion) investment in India over the next five years.