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Rajnath Singh to visit Japan, South Korea to strengthen defence, military ties

To strenghten defence and military ties with Japan and South Korea, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will visit both the countries for two days each in September.

Rajnath Singh will be in Japan on September 2-3 and in South Korea on September 5-6.

As part of his visit to Japan, Rajnath Singh will co-chair the Annual Defence Ministerial Dialogue with his Japanese counterpart Takeshi Iwaya.

"The Ministerial Dialogue will aim to further strengthen India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership and will include wide-ranging discussions to enhance the bilateral defence and security engagements between the two countries," Defence Ministry spokesperson Bharat Bhushan Babu said in a statement.

Rajnath Singh will also call on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his visit to Japan.

India and Japan have developed strong ties over the last five years and there is a personal bond between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart.

Experts feel that the two countries are also natural allies in the field of defence and security.

In South Korea, Rajnath Singh is scheduled to have a bilateral dialogue with the country's Minister of National Defence Jeong Kyeong-doo. He will also call on South Korea Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon.

A CEO's Forum followed by a Business-to-Government (B2G) meeting will also be held in Seoul with the participation of members of the Defence Industry from both sides with an aim to encourage co-operation between defence Industry of India and the Republic of Korea.

India is developing strong military hardware cooperation with South Korea as the Indian Army has already inducted the K-9 Vajra self-propelled howitzers built in partnership with the Indian firm Larsen and Toubro.

(With ANI inputs)