India, America, Japan Holds Trilateral Talks Ahead Of G20 Summit, PM Modi Calls Partnership 'JAI'

| December 1 , 2018 , 11:06 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met for their first trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit on Friday.

PM Modi termed India-US-Japan partnership as 'Jai' or 'victory'.

"If I put it differently, Japan, America and India are JAI. In Hindi, 'JAI' means success," PM Modi said after the first-ever trilateral meet with US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires.

PM Modi, his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump discussed over issues of global and multilateral interests. They focused largely on the strategic Indo-Pacific region. The talks gain importance in view of the Chinese attempts at imposing dominance in the region.

According to media reports, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale informed, "The three leaders exchanged views on the Indo-Pacific. They all agreed that free, open, inclusive and rules-based order is essential for regional peace and prosperity."

"The Prime Minister offered some ideas on how we should take forward on the concept of Indo-Pacific and how the three countries can work together to promote this concept."

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Gokhale added, "Overall, there was a very positive atmosphere and the outcome of this first trilateral has been very encouraging. Prime Minister Modi and the other two leaders were pleased with this outcome."

Narendra Modi took to his twitter account and said that the meeting was a historic one.