PM Modi receives Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe at Ahmedabad

ANI | Updated: Sep 13, 2017 16:38 IST

PM Modi receives Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe at Ahmedabad .

Ahmedabad Gujarat India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi received his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, on Wednesday .

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is on a two-day visit to India, will visit the Sabarmati Ashram, along with Prime Minister Modi in the evening . The ashram was established by Mahatma Gandhi on the banks of the River Sabarmati .

The Japanese Prime Minister will attend the India-Japan annual summit meeting, wherein the two leaders are expected to focus on enhancing bilateral and strategic ties .

The 12th edition of the summit, which will be the fourth meeting between Prime Minister Modi and Shinzo Abe, will be held in Gandhinagar .

The two leaders will review the recent progress in the multifaceted co-operation between India and Japan under the framework of their 'Special Strategic and Global Partnership' and will set its future direction .

Prime Minister Modi and the Japanese PM will also attend a function to mark the commencement of work of India's first high-speed rail project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai .

The train is expected to significantly reduce the 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 .

An India-Japan Business Plenary will also be held .

The leaders will also visit the Sidi Saiyyid Ni Jaali - a famous 16th century mosque in Ahmedabad. Besides, the two leaders will visit Dandi Kutir, the museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, at the Mahatma Mandir .

Ahead of the Japanese Prime Minister's visit, Prime Minister Modi on Tuesday said in a tweet that India truly values its ties with Japan and looks forward to further boosting the bilateral relations in a wide range of areas . (ANI)