Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga on Monday discussed cooperation in key areas, including creating resilient supply chains and ensuring reliable supply of critical materials, to overcome challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
During a phone conversation, the two leaders discussed the Covid-19 situation in each other's country and close India-Japan cooperation to overcome regional and global challenges due to the pandemic.
Such bilateral cooperation includes "working together to create resilient, diversified and trustworthy supply chains, ensuring reliable supply of critical materials and technologies, and developing new partnerships in manufacturing and skill development", the external affairs ministry said in a readout.
The two leaders emphasised the need for early operationalisation of the Specified Skilled Workers (SSW) agreement signed recently to synergise their strengths and achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.
They also highlighted the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail (MAHSR) project as a "shining example of their cooperation and welcomed the steady progress in its execution", the readout said.