Kishida, Modi to work for regional stability

Japan's new Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi have affirmed that they will work closely to achieve a free and open Indo-Pacific.

The two leaders spoke over the phone for about 25 minutes on Friday. It was their first conversation since Kishida took office.

They agreed to further develop bilateral relations, and also cooperate under the so-called Quad alliance comprising Japan, India, Australia and the United States.

The two leaders also agreed to oppose unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force and economic coercion. And they confirmed that they will deepen bilateral cooperation to achieve economic security, including supply chain resilience.

Kishida pointed out that North Korea's nuclear and missile programs are a threat to regional and global peace and security. He asked for understanding and support to resolve the issue of North Korea's abductions of Japanese citizens.

The two leaders agreed that Kishida should visit India at an appropriate time.