PM Modi in Japan for talks with Abe
Prime Minister embarks on a two-day summit with his Japanese counterpart to review and strengthen relations
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday reached Tokyo to a warm welcome to attend a two-day India-Japan annual summit aimed at reviewing progress in ties and deepening strategic dimensions of the bilateral relationship.
“Japan is one of the few countries that India has this mechanism of annual summits (with), reflecting the extraordinary depth of our engagement,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
In a statement during his departure, Modi described the relationship between India and Japan as a “winning combination” and said the island nation was New Delhi’s most trusted partner in its economic and technological modernisation. Soon after landing, Modi met the Indian community in Japan.
“I thank Japan’s Indian community for their warm
welcome. We are proud of the accomplishments of the Indian diaspora,” he said in a tweet.
During the summit, Modi will engage with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on a range of issues, including defence and regional security. On Sunday afternoon, Modi and Abe will have an informal lunch.
The two leaders will then visit a company, which is a leading manufacturer of factory automation. In a special gesture, Modi will be hosted by Abe for a private dinner at his holiday home
in the picturesque Yamanashi prefecture in evening. Both leaders will later travel to Tokyo by train.
Yamanashi, at a distance of around 110 km from Tokyo, is surrounded by several mountains, including Mount Fuji -- the country’s tallest peak at around 3,776 metres.
India is also hoping to have some kind of synergy or integration between Modi’s Ayushman Bharat scheme and the Japanese programme, which is called Asia Health and Wellbeing Initiative.
PM Narendra Modi with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe —File photo