URGENT: Japan's Suga, India's Modi agree to boost ties in 1st phone talks

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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday agreed with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to continue strengthening ties between their countries in their first phone call since Suga took office last week.

Suga told Modi that he hopes to step up bilateral cooperation in security and economic areas, and to contribute to multilateral efforts for a "free and open Indo-Pacific," according to Japan's Foreign Ministry.