India and Japan are in touch through diplomatic channels and “very soon” the dates of the annual bilateral summit, postponed last month in the wake of violent protests over the amended citizenship law, will be finalised.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to this country for the annual summit with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Guwahati on December 13 was postponed in the wake of the violent protests in the northeastern states.
“We are in touch with the Japanese side through diplomatic channels. We do hope that very soon we will come to the finalisation of the date,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a media briefing.
Asked whether two summits will be held this year, he said, “It is an annual mechanism, the summit which was supposed to be held in December that is the one which is getting postponed. But all these matters which will be under discussion with the Japanese side.”
Kumar had said last month that both sides decided to “defer” Abe’s visit for the December 15-17 summit to a mutually convenient date.
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 amended Citizenship Act.