Shinzo Abe in India: Modi, Abe visits Sabarmati Aashram

Shinzo Abe in India: Modi, Abe visits Sabarmati Aashram

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (2nd R) and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe (R) shake hands in front of a shinkansen train during their inspection at a bullet train manufacturing plant in Kobe, Hyogo prefecture on November 12, 2016.

A visit to the famous 16th century Sidi Saiyyid Ni Jaali mosque will also be part of the engagements on Wednesday before the two leaders sit down for talks on bilateral and other issues on Thursday.

Senior government officials said Japan is increasingly becoming importance for Gujarat and India as a strategic economic partner as Japan has led FDI growth in Gujarat in recent years.

The train will cover the 508-km-long distance between Ahmedabad and Mumbai in little more than two hours at a maximum speed of 350 km per hour.

China and Japan are vying with each other for developing bullet trains in India and the region.

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Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, his wife Akie Abe and PM Narendra Modi pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad.

A group of Buddhist monks were also present at the airport to welcome Abe and his wife.

The two leaders last met in July on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

On September 14, both the dignitaries would begin their day by laying a foundation stone for the much talked about Rs 1.08 lakh-crore Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train at Sabarmati Raliway Station.

The two Prime Ministers will also visit Dandi Kutir, a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, at the Mahatma Mandir.

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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. Japan is one of only two countries with which India has an annual summit mechanism.

Prime Minister Modi on Tuesday said in a tweet that India truly values its ties with Japan and looks forward to further boosting bilateral relations in a wide range of areas.

The bullet trains in India will initially run between the financial hub of Mumbai and the industrial city of Ahmedabad in western Gujarat.

PM Shinzo Abe and wife Akie Abe signed the visitor's book in the Aashram before leaving for Sidi Saiyed mosque.

Abe and Trump are scheduled to meet in mid-September during the prime minister's visit to NY, where they will hammer out details of the president's November visit.

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The Indian and Chinese Prime Minister will have Gujarati thali for dinner at "Agashiye" restaurant located near the mosque, Patel added.

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