India and Japan hope to soon finalise dates for summit talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.
The two leaders were earlier scheduled to meet in December in Guwahati but the summit was postponed following protests regarding Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
“We are in touch with the Japanese side through diplomatic channels and hope we very soon come to the finalisation of the dates. It is an annual mechanism”, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said.
The cancellation of the Japanese prime minister’s trip came a day after Bangladeshi Foreign Minister A K Abdul Momen and Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan called off their visits to India in view of the situation arising out of the enactment of the CAA.
Modi and Abe were set to meet in Guwahati between December 15 to17.
Diplomatic sources had said the Japanese government clearly conveyed to New Delhi that it would not be possible for Abe to travel to Guwahati in view of large-scale protests in the northeastern region.