Shinzo Abe's Gujarat visit: PM Modi's roadshow with Japanese PM, bullet train inauguration on cards

Updated On : 13 Sep , 2017 , 02:01 PM
Shinzo Abe's Gujarat visit: PM Modi's roadshow with Japanese PM, bullet train inauguration on cards
Shinzo Abe's Gujarat visit: PM Modi's roadshow with Japanese PM, bullet train inauguration on cards
New Delhi:

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is all set to visit India on Wednesday for a two-day trip. Moreover, for the first time, he along with PM Modi will take part in a road show in Ahmedabad, Gujarat today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that India truly values its ties with Japan and that he looked forward to further boost the bilateral relations in a wide range of areas. The annual India-Japan Summit is set to begin on Wednesday in Gandhinagar, the capital of the prime minister’s home state Gujarat.

“I look forward to welcoming PM @AbeShinzo. I will be hosting him in Gujarat in our fourth annual summit together,” Modi tweeted in English as well as in Japanese.

“PM @AbeShinzo and I will attend a wide range of programmes on 13th and 14th September 2017, aimed at further boosting India-Japan ties,” he added.

In another tweet, he said the two leaders will attend a programme to mark the start of work of India’s first bullet train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.

The train is expected to significantly reduce travel time between the two cities. Japan is a pioneer in high-speed rail networks, and its Shinkansen bullet train is among the fastest in the world. “India truly values the relationship with Japan and we look forward to further boosting our bilateral ties in a wide range of sectors,” the prime minister said.

The two leaders will review the recent progress in the multifaceted cooperation between India and Japan under the framework of their ‘Special Strategic and Global Partnership’ and will set its future direction, said a statement on Narendramodi.in.

A civic reception will be held for the Japanese prime minister in Ahmedabad on Wednesday evening where the cultural diversity of India will be showcased through a series of performances. The two prime ministers will visit Sabarmati Ashram, established by Mahatma Gandhi on the banks of the Sabarmati river.

They will then visit the Sidi Saiyyid Ni Jaali, a famous 16th century mosque in Ahmedabad.The two leaders will also visit Dandi Kutir, the museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, at the Mahatma Mandir. Tight security arrangements have been put in place and more than 9,000 policemen will be deployed in Ahmedabad as a part of security cover.

First Published : Wednesday, September 13, 2017 04:50 AM
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