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Japanese PM Shinzo Abe's Two-Day Visit To India, Ahmedabad Decked For Welcome

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| } September 13 , 2017 , 14:39 IST

As part of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's two-day visit to India, he will be taken to the Ahmedabad, a city in Gujarat where Prime Minister Narendra Modi was Chief Minister. The city has been decked up for his welcome, where he will lay the founding stone of the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project along with his Indian counterpart.

Prior to the Japanese Prime Minister's visit, in anticipation of the bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe, several reports were claiming that the two will talk about enhancing their ties in defence and nuclear technology.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has also welcomed PM Abe tweeting, "Welcome to Gujarat."

According to an official itinerary, both the Prime Ministers would fly into Ahmedabad on Wednesday afternoon and will be taken straight to Mahatma Gandhi's Sabarmati Ashram. After visiting the iconic 16th century Sidi Saiyad Mosque in the old city, the two will conclude the first day with a dinner and closed door meeting at a heritage hotel.

The next day, the 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).

The two have already signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the 508-km corridor.

Next, the Prime Ministers of the two countries will participate in the 12th India-Japan Annual Summit at the sprawling auditorium complex Mahatma Mandir, which will also be the fourth annual summit between Modi and Abe.

While the two countries are expected to review the progress under the 'Special Strategic and Global Partnership' framework, they will also be signing several economic deals and project launches.

The two Prime Ministers are also scheduled to visit Dandi Kutirand and then Science City for a dinner hosted by the Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani.