'Need a peaceful solution on the basis of international law': Japanese PM Kishida on Ukraine conflict
New Delhi: Japanese PM Fumio Kishida on Saturday said Russia's invasion on Ukraine is "very serious issue which is shaking the roots of international order" as he addressed a joint press conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.
"No permission should be given by one side to change the status quo in world order by use of force," said Kishida, adding that Tokyo will continue to support Ukraine.
He spoke on the situation in Indo-Pacific and measures to strengthen the economic ties between India and Japan.
“I discussed the ongoing conflict in Ukraine with Prime Minister Modi. The whole world has been shaken today due to many disturbances, it's very important for India and Japan to have a close partnership. We expressed our views, talked about the serious invasion of Russia into Ukraine. We need a peaceful solution on the basis of international law,” the Japanese premier said.
“Both our countries should increase efforts for an open & free Indo-Pacific. Japan, along with India, will keep trying to end the war & keep providing support to Ukraine & its neighbouring countries,” Kishida added.
“The strengthening of Indo-Japan partnership is not only important for the two countries. The relations will boost peace, prosperity and stability in the Indo-Pacific region,” the prime minister said in his statement during the joint press meet.
“The world is witnessing several events at this point of time. India and Japan share common values like democracy and law of the land. Both the countries should forge a close relationship on platforms like Quad so that we can ensure a free Indo-Pacific region,” Kishida said.
A separate read out from India "underlined that the Quad must remain focused on its core objective of promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region".
India has abstained in three UN votes condemning Moscow's actions, calling only for a halt to the violence.
Japan has plans to invest $42 billion over the next five years in India, PM Modi said after the bilateral meeting with PM Kishida.
The two sides signed six agreements providing for the expansion of bilateral cooperation in a range of areas, besides firming a separate clean energy partnership.