Abe begins India tour with Modi bonhomie

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After which, Modi and Abe will head towards Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar and will indulge in delegation level talks.

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.

Further giving the details of the schedule for the Japanese PM's two-day visit, Pravin Patel said that on 14 Sep Narendra Modi along with his Japanese counter part will be attending the ceremony for the ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project, commonly referred to as the Bullet Train project.

Both the PMs will then feast on Gujarati "thali" at the iconic "Agashiye" restaurant in Ahmedabad.

Abe also wants to discuss with Modi possible Japanese exports of nuclear power equipment and technology to India now that a civilian nuclear cooperation pact between the nations has taken effect in July, they said.

Mr. Modi presented the couple with a copy of Mahatma Gandhi's autobiography and a statue of the famous three wise monkeys.

When Modi came to Japan last November as part of the two countries' annual summits, he travelled by shinkansen with Abe from Tokyo to Kobe in western Japan and inspected a bullet train plant of Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., a maker of shinkansen cars.

Abe begins India tour with Modi bonhomie
Abe begins India tour with Modi bonhomie

During this summit, both the leaders will discuss the progress in a different direction between India and Japan under the framework of their Special Strategic and Global Partnership.

Abe's two-day visit is an effort to cement ties between India and Japan.

After visiting the mosque, the Prime Minister will host dinner for Abe and his wife at House of MG in Ahmedabad.

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

Shinzo Abe and his better half arrived at the Ahmedabad airport on Wednesday afternoon, where PM Modi warmly greeted him for a cultural roadshow to the Sabarmati Ashram.

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Asked whether Japans investment proposal has been worked out, Joint Secretary (East Asia) Pranay Verma told newsmen that “sector-wise I think discussions are clearly yet to begin. the kind of projects and sectors will be determined in the consultations with stake holders and the Government of India and northeastern states.”.

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