Kishida, Modi reaffirm cooperation on global issues as G7, G20 chairs

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have agreed that their countries will work together as the chairs of the Group of Seven and Group of 20 to tackle global challenges.

Kishida and Modi held talks on Saturday in the Japanese city of Hiroshima, where the G7 summit is underway.

Modi has been invited as this year's chair of the G20 framework.

In light of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Kishida told Modi that the principles of the UN Charter such as sovereignty and territorial integrity must be observed, and that unilateral changes of the status quo by force must not be tolerated.

The two leaders agreed that they will work together to bring about peace.

They also shared the view that a wide range of partners need to join hands to address challenges facing the international community.

Meanwhile, Kishida also held talks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, another guest of the summit as the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

They agreed on the importance of defending the rules-based free and open international order.

Kishida and Joko also reaffirmed that their countries will continue working together to resolve the situation in Myanmar.