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Abe arrives on two-day Gujarat visit today

14 September 2017

Abe reached India earlier in the day.

Given China's assertive activities in the East and South China seas, as well as the Indian Ocean, Mr Abe and Mr Modi are expected to affirm the importance of collaboration in defence equipment and trilateral joint drills involving the American Navy, said Japanese officials. They signed the visitor's book in Japanese, "Love and gratitude, Shinzo Abe and Akie".

Both of them also participated in a road show to Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad.

Crowd seen waving flags of both countries
Crowd seen waving flags of both countries

Modi has pledged to invest billions of dollars to modernise India's creaking railway system, with the bullet train one of his key election promises ahead of his landslide victory in 2014.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Ahmedabad on Wednesday on atwo-day visit the highlight of which will be laying of foundation stone for India's first bullet train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.

"I look forward to welcoming PM Abe Shinzo I will be hosting him in Gujarat in our fourth annual summit together", PM Modi posted on his twitter account.

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The Japnese PM, accompanied by his wife Akie Abe, is on a two-day visit to India, to attend the annual summit between the two countries.

"Cooperation in civil nuclear energy and in defence are two domains that portend the future direction of our ties", said Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar at the India- Japan Colloquium that took place in New Delhi last Friday.

After the roadshow, PM Modi and Abe will visit the Sabarmati Ashram, which was home to Mahatma Gandhi from 1917 to 1930. Also on the agenda is Indo-Japan business summit which will deliberate on how Japanese companies can increase investment in India.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold bilateral talks with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Gandhinagar, instead of Delhi, on September 14, sources told The Indian Express on Friday.

Before two years, soon after assuming office Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his first bilateral visit to Japan, India's immediate neighborhood.

The two prime ministers are expected to lay the foundation stone for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project on Thursday. India has been involved in developmental as well as infrastructural projects in Asia and Africa but joining hands with Japan, a more capable power with a larger kitty and advanced technologies, can become effective and efficient.

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The groundbreaking ceremony (Bhoomi-pujan) for the project, coming up at an estimated cost of Rs 98,000 crore, will be held at a site near the Sabarmati railway station in the city.

Abe arrives on two-day Gujarat visit today