A day ahead of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted to welcome him.
“I look forward to welcoming PM @AbeShinzo. I will be hosting him in Gujarat in our fourth annual summit together,” PM Modi tweeted in English and Japanese.
“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.
Abe is scheduled to arrive in Ahmedabad at around 3.30 pm on Wednesday for a two-day visit. During his visit, Abe will participate in the annual India-Japan Summit with PM Modi in Gandhinagar.
“PM Abe Shinzo and I will attend a wide range of programmes on 13th and 14th September 2017, aimed at further boosting India-Japan ties,” the PM said.
Another big highlight of Abe’s visit will be when he attends a programme to mark the start of work of India’s first high-speed rail 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.
Apart from that, 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 put up on PM Modi’s website Narendramodi.in.
After his arrival on Wednesday afternoon, the Japanese PM will hold a joint rally with PM Modi from the Ahmedabad airport to Sabarmati Ashram.
During the course of the rally, Abe will be witness to India’s cultural diversity.
After visiting the Sabarmati Ashram, the two leaders will 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.
(With inputs from PTI)