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    India, Japan Strengthen Ties with Global Partnership Summit

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    India and Japan jointly announced will be having an economic development summit in Tokyo, September. It marks ten years of a special framework of cooperations between the two countries.

    India's Commerce and Industry Minister and Former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama announced the Global Partnership Summit 2011. It's set to strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries.

    Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma signed the Japan-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement on a recent visit to Tokyo.

    [Anand Sharma, Indian Commerce and Industry Minister]:
    "We will be fully supportive. Initiatives and the success of this Summit in September will open new areas of cooperation and give a momentum and focus direction to our engagement which is bound to deepen and diversify in the coming years."

    The summit will include an India-Japan expo and five concurrent forums, including business, academic, policy, youth and cultural forums of non-governmental initiatives.

    [Yukio Hatoyama, Former Japanese Prime Minister]:
    "Today is a very important day for both India and Japan as the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement was signed between Commerce and Industry Minister Sharma and the Foreign Affairs Minister Maehara. I would like you to also understand the significance of having announced the summit today. I wish it great success."

    The Indian government has extended its full support for the summit.

    [Vibhav Kant Upadhyay, Founder Chairman, India Center Foundation]:
    "India-Japan Global Partnership is about India-Japan working as global partners and putting their strengths together and sees three things - What Japan can do for India, what India can do for Japan, and what India and Japan can do for Asia and the rest of the world? And this partnership, I believe, will bring a new energy and new direction to the way world looks like today."