Modi, PM Abe visit Sabarmati ashram, pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi

Posted September 14, 2017

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is eager to agree with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, on the upgrading of the so-called two-plus-two dialogue during his trip to the South Asian nation starting Wednesday, the sources told Kyodo News.

They spent almost 25 minutes at the ashram before visiting an iconic medieval era mosque- Sidi Saiyyed-an architectural marvel located in the eastern part of the world heritage city.

Abe begins a two-day visit on Wednesday, during which he and Modi will hold the 12th India-Japan annual summit in Gandhinagar in Gujarat. Japan is one of only two countries with which India has an annual summit mechanism, the other being Russian Federation. There are discussions going on. and we hope that there will be concrete development in that area (during the bilateral talks),” said Verma during the media briefing ahead of the Japanese Prime Ministers visit.

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The new train can carry 750 passengers between PM Modi's home state Gujarat and Mumbai, the financial capital. Though the hotel is famous for offering traditional Gujarati food, the menu for the Japanese premier and his wife was mostly kept under wraps. The two leaders will later pay a visit to the iconic 16th-century mosque in the old city, Sidi Saiyad Mosque.

To welcome the Japanese PM, two years after Modi hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping in Ahmedabad, a rare 8-Km long road-show had been planned.

India and Japan are likely to go beyond breaking ground for India's first bullet train project and break new ground with agreements in the defence and nuclear power sectors, including India's purchase of Japanese-built U.S. 2i amphibious aircraft and MoUs for nuclear power projects during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's two-day stay in the country.

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Both the leaders will take part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project, commonly referred to as the bullet train project, on September 14. The two leaders have met 10 times in the last three years, with the last being on the sidelines of the G20 Summit at Hamburg in July.

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.

The most important take-away of Abe's visit is, of course, the high-speed rail networkor the bullet train.

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