India-Japan 13th annual summit: PM Modi meets Shinzo Abe in Yamanashi

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 28 October 2018, 12:27 PM
India-Japan 13th annual summit: PM Modi meets Shinzo Abe in Yamanashi
India-Japan 13th annual summit: PM Modi meets Shinzo Abe in Yamanashi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday met his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe for the 13th India-Japan annual summit in the Japanese city of Yamanashi. The two-day summit beginning on Sunday will seek to review the progress in ties and deepen strategic dimension of the bilateral ties.

Modi, who landed in Japan on Saturday for a two-day visit, said his meeting with Abe will add new vigour to the strong friendship between the two countries. Japanese Prime Minister received Modi at hotel Mount Fuji in Yamanashi where a meeting between the two leaders is underway.

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PM Narendra Modi presented Japanese PM Shinzo Abe two handcrafted stone bowls made from rose quartz and yellow quartz stone and hand-woven Dhurries by the weavers of Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh, specially crafted for the occasion, according to sources.

“PM Narendra Modi arrives in Tokyo to a warm welcome for his 5th Annual Summit with Shinzo Abe. Japan is one of the few countries that India has this mechanism of annual summits, reflecting the extraordinary depth of our engagement,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. 

“Landed in Tokyo. I am confident this visit will add new vigour to the strong friendship between India and Japan,” Modi said in a tweet.

Describing India and Japan as a "winning combination", Modi on Friday said the island nation was New Delhi's most trusted partner in its economic and technological modernisation.

"We have a special strategic and global partnership. Our ties with Japan, both economic and strategic, stand completely transformed in recent years. It is today a partnership of great substance and purpose. It rests on the strong pillars of India's Act East Policy, and our shared vision and commitment to a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific," he said in a statement.

Abe will host Modi at his holiday home in the picturesque Yamanashi prefecture for a private dinner on Sunday following which both the leaders will travel to Tokyo by train.

Yamanashi, at a distance of around 110 kilometres from Tokyo, is surrounded by several mountains including Mount Fuji - the country’s tallest peak at around 3,776 metres.

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On Sunday afternoon, Prime Minister Modi will join his Japanese counterpart for an informal lunch at a hotel. The two leaders will then visit a company which is a leading manufacturer of factory automation.

India is also hoping to have some kind of synergy or integration between Modi’s Ayushman Bharat scheme, which is the largest medicare programme of its kind globally, and the Japanese programme which is called Asia Health and Wellbeing Initiative.

Prime Minister in his statement said projects such as Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail and Dedicated Freight Corridors reflected the high level and “strength of our economic engagement”. “Japan is also at the forefront of engaging in our national initiatives, such as ‘Make in India’, ‘Skill India’, ‘Digital India’, ‘Start Up India’... Japanese investors have faith in India’s economic future, which is marked with myriad opportunities,” Modi said.

Modi will also address the Indian community function in Tokyo and will attend a series of business events and address the business forum. 

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Sunday, October 28, 2018 10:35 AM
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