Japanese Minister of Administrative Affairs Taro Kono has hailed Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for having more Twitter followers than any of his foreign counterparts.
Kono, himself a former defence minister, says he hopes to win as many followers on the microblogging site.
私がフォロワー数で目指すは、一緒に仕事もしたインドの防衛大臣。 pic.twitter.com/EmojG4ZWNe— 河野太郎 (@konotarogomame) February 8, 2021
Singh currently has over 19.4 million followers, while Kono has about 2.2 million.
Following his remarks, the Japanese minister says he received a message from Singh in Japanese – many people of Twitter wrote that they hope Kono can build a good relationship with India as a result.
India and Japan share close defence ties. In 2019 the two nations held their inaugural foreign and defence ministerial dialogue in a bid to boost their special strategic partnership.
When they met in 2020, the two ministers outlined their commitment to bilateral security cooperation under the framework of the India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership.