Japan, India foreign ministers agree to closer ties on security, economy

The foreign ministers of Japan and India have agreed their countries should focus on strengthening security and economic ties, among other areas.

Japan's Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa and India's External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar conferred for about an hour in New Delhi on Friday.

They discussed Sri Lanka's ballooning loans from China, which critics have described as a "debt trap." Beijing has been ramping up its influence on the island nation south of India.

The ministers confirmed that Japan and India will work closely together to promote transparent and fair development finance.

Jaishankar acknowledged Hayashi's explanation regarding Japan's new national security strategy.

Japan hosted joint fighter drills with India in January. The exercises were the first such training sessions with India in Japan. The ministers agreed to further strengthen security and economic ties between the two countries.

They also promised to continue to work together as host countries of international forums this year -- Japan the Group of Seven and India the Group of 20.

Hayashi also held talks with Canada's Foreign Minister Melanie Joly earlier in the day. They confirmed the two countries' cooperation over issues such as Ukraine, China and North Korea.