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India, Japan Agree to Stronger Security Ties

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Indian and Japanese officials have agreed to enhanced bilateral cooperation in several global and regional security fields.

The agreement came on the second day of Indian Defense Minister Pranab Mukherjee's visit to Japan.

A statement by India's Defense Ministry released on Friday says officials from the two countries signed an agreement calling for greater cooperation in fighting transnational organized crime such as ocean-piracy and trafficking of people, drugs and arms.

The statement adds that the two countries will hold annual Coast Guard talks and joint exercises for anti-piracy, search-and-rescue operations and disaster relief.

It comes after a joint statement released Thursday that called for regular security talks between the two countries and their militaries to fight global terrorism.

Mukherjee leaves for China on Sunday.

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