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PM Modi Accompanies Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe To 16th-Century Sidi Mosque

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After visiting Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe visited Sidi Saiyyed Ki Jaali, a 16th-century mosque in the old, soon after the latter's arrival in the country for a two-day visit.

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe arrived in Ahmedabad on his two-day visit with his wife Akie Abe.

The mosque was built in 1573 by the retinue of Ahemad Shah Bilal Jhajar Khan, a General in the army of the last Sultan Shams-ud-Din Muzaffar Shah III of the Gujarat Sultanate.

After completing the tour of the mosque, Modi took the visiting dignitaries to a heritage property across the street where he will host them for dinner.

Earlier, the Japanese PM visited Sabarmati Ashram along with his wife, putting on a road show, where they paid their respects to Mahatma Gandhi.

During the road show, the crowd was cheering and cultural performances were being held as PM Modi and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe passed.

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During Wednesday's visit, Abe and his wife also signed on the visitors' book of the Ashram.

The visiting dignitary was given a guard of honour while artists from different parts of the country presented a variety of programmes. 

The two leaders and Akie Abe boarded an open jeep and proceeded from the airport to the historic Sabarmati Ashram with thousands of cheering people lining both sides of the eight-and-a-half km route.

On Thursday, PM Abe and Modi will lay the foundation stone of the much-touted Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train at Sabarmati Athletic Grounds, which is being constructed by the Indian Railways in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

- With Agency Inputs