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India, Japan hold 6th round of strategic dialogue

2012-05-01 02:46:52 GMT2012-05-01 10:46:52(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

NEW DELHI, May 1(Xinhua) -- India and Japan have announced fresh dialogue mechanisms for maritime and cyber security during the 6th round of strategic dialogue between the two nations on Monday, local media reported Tuesday.

The meeting was co-chaired by Indian Foreign Minister S. M. Krishna and his visiting Japanese counterpart Koichiro Gemba.

The two countries said they are preparing for a joint naval exercise off the coast of Japan in June. Indian Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force will take part in the exercise, said local daily The Times of India.

India and Japan also decided to take forward negotiations on civil nuclear energy cooperation, but Japanese sources later said that there were "certain elements" that needed to be addressed before entering into this partnership, said the report.

New Delhi and Tokyo will expand cooperation in counter-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden, the newspaper quoted Gemba as saying.

At a joint press conference with Gemba, Krishna said Indian and Japanese governments have instructed "negotiators on the way forward" on civil nuclear talks.

Gamba said that he "asked for understanding on Japan's strong desire for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation" during talks with Krishna.

India is not a signatory party of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Krishna and Gemba also discussed developments in Myanmar, Afghanistan and the Korean Peninsula, according to the reports.

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