Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives Japanese PM Shinzo Ab on his arrival at Ahmedabad Airport, later the Japanese PM was accorded ceremonial reception.
Abe is on a two-day official visit to India where he will hold the annual India-Japan Summit with Modi in Gandhinagar in Gujarat. He will also lay the foundation stone for India’s first bullet train, to be run between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
“I look forward to welcoming PM Shinzo Abe. I will be hosting him in Gujarat in our fourth annual summit together,” Modi tweeted in English as well as in Japanese.
Abe was presented a guard of honour at the airport, after which artistes performed the traditional Gujarati dance showcasing the state’s rich cultural traditions.
PM Modi broke the official protocol and welcomed the Japanese Counter part who has come to India to attend the 12th India Japan Annual Summit.
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“As India welcomes PM Shinzo Abe, I thank him for his kind words on the robust India-Japan partnership and the strong potential of our ties,” PM said.
The twin cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, which will host a slew of programmes during the high-profile visit, are all decked up to welcome the foreign dignitary with streets shimmering in fluorescent lights, and hoardings and banners welcoming Abe dotting them.
Robust security arrangements have been put in place for the 12th Indo-Japan Summit and business meet where Japanese companies are likely to announce major investments in Gujarat.