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Shinzo Abe

India's Modi to attend state funeral for Japan's former PM Abe

Both countries planning to hold security talks on Sept. 8

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meeting at Abe's official residence in Tokyo in October 2018. The two were said to have a close working relationship.   © Reuters

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is planning to attend the state funeral for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sept. 27 in Tokyo, Japanese government officials said Wednesday.

Modi, who had a close relationship with Abe, will meet with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during the visit, the officials said.

Meanwhile, the two countries are also planning to hold a second round of "two-plus-two" security talks involving their foreign and defense ministers on Sept. 8 in Tokyo.

Modi last visited Japan in May when he joined a summit of the Quad group hosted by Kishida and also involving Australia and the United States. Modi separately met with Abe at that time.

Abe, Japan's longest-serving prime minister, was fatally shot last month while delivering a stump speech in western Japan ahead of the July 10 House of Councillors election.

At the planned ministerial security talks, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada will engage their Indian counterparts Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh.

They will likely discuss joint exercises involving the Japanese Self-Defense Forces and the Indian military, among other topics.

The two countries launched the two-plus-two framework in 2019.

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