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By Sridhar Krishnaswami
Briefing the media on the meeting, the External Affairs Ministry spokesperson, Nirupama Rao, said the two leaders discussed the fact that this was the 50th anniversary of the formalising of diplomatic relations between India and Japan with Mr. Vajpayee recalling his visit to Japan last December.
They also discussed the ongoing developmental projects in India the Metrorail project in New Delhi and the Ganga water pollution project in which Japan is collaborating. The two leaders are said to have expressed satisfaction with the progress of work in the projects.
Mr. Koizumi is said to have expressed his appreciation for New Delhi hosting the Conference of Parties on the Kyoto Protocol saying that this was indeed reflective of India's constructive approach and active participation in multilateral efforts to safeguard the environment.
Mr. Vajpayee, on Thursday, also held talks with the Mauritius Prime Minister, Anerood Jaganauth, and they are said to have discussed, among other things, the rich and diverse relations between the two countries.
Mr. Jaganauth has been invited to the meeting of the Indian Diaspora in New Delhi in early 2003. In the realm of economics, the two leaders discussed increasing cooperation, especially in the field of information technology.
One of the major meetings that Mr. Vajpayee had was with several Jewish organisations. The nearly one-hour meeting saw the participation of at least five leading Jewish groups, including the Anti-Defamation League, the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee and the B'nai B'rth, discussing a vast range of subjects including terrorism.
Mr. Vajpayee is said to have pointed out that India was one of the very few countries where there was no anti-Semitism.
He thanked the Jewish community groups for contributing to the promotion of India-United States relations and expressed appreciation for the support extended to India by several Jewish members of Congress.
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