Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe Sunday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was one of his most "dependable" friends and together with the Indian leader, he would like to strengthen bilateral cooperation to realise a free and open Indo-Pacific. Prime Minister Modi was an outstanding leader of his great country, the Japanese premier said.
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"I have always believed and stated that the relationship between Japan and India is blessed with the largest potential in the world," he said.
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.
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, UP, specially crafted on the occasion of his visit to Japan for India-Japan annual summit: Sources pic.twitter.com/M9ZDaeQWIC— ANI (@ANI) October 28, 2018
Japan-India cooperation continued to expand broadly in many fields such as security, investment, information technology, agriculture, health, environment and tourism, Abe noted.
"We share a big win-win potential in all areas and Japan remains committed to supporting India’s economic growth and Prime Minister Modi's Make in India initiative through high-speed rail, subways and other infrastructure, mobilising Japan's world-leading technologies," he said.
The day when Japanese Shinkansen bullet trains start running between Mumbai and Ahmedabad through cooperation will mark a shining symbol of Japan-india friendship in the future, Abe added.
"Prime Minister Modi, who is currently visiting Japan since yesterday, is one of my most dependable and valuable friends. On behalf of the entire Japanese government, I have the pleasure of extending him the warmest hospitality," the Japanese leader's message read.
"Together with Prime Minister Modi, I would like to further strengthen Japan-India cooperation to realise a free and open Indo-Pacific," Abe said.
(With inputs from PTI)