India and Japan to increase collaboration in energy sector

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New Delhi, Oct 20 (ANI): Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh on Monday said that India and Japan have decided to enhance collaboration in the energy sector.

Talking to reporters after a meeting with his Japanese counterpart Sakihito Ozawa, Ramesh said Japan has assured full support to India particularly in the energy sector besides setting up of the IIT in Hyderabad.

"Japan is giving its full support to India in the making of a new IIT in Hyderabad. We talked about climate change technology and the possibility of collaboration between India and Japan in this sphere. Private companies like Toshiba have been in India for quite some years, but we discussed if there can be further collaboration especially in the field of energy. And, I am happy that the Japan Government has assured India of its full support," said Ramesh.

Ramesh also said that the two countries are trying to work together for the Copenhagen summit, to be held in the Danish capital, in December this year.

"We talked about how Japan and India could work together in regard to the Copenhagen talks. We also talked about the visit of the Japanese Prime Minister to India next year," he added.

The Japanese Government is aiming to play a bigger negotiating role in UN-backed Copenhagen talks in December for a new agreement on reducing emissions to replace the Kyoto Protocol.

The talks have run into deadlock on issues such as sharing out curbs on greenhouse gases among rich and poor nations, and raising funds to help developing countries tackle global warming. (ANI)

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