Modi hosts dinner for Japanese PM Shinzo Abe at iconic terrace hotel

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Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe will also be visiting India to attend the "Bhoomi Poojan" and foundation stone laying ceremony of the Rs. 97,636-crore Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail link, using Japanese bullet-train technology. Recently when India was locked-in with China at the Doklam, Japan supported India and said that no country should try to change the border unilaterally. Prime Minister Modi had visited Japan in November a year ago while Abe visited India in December 2015. They would also be paying a visit to 16th century Sidi Saiyed mosque known for its iconic window filigree work synonymous with Ahmedabad.

Topics at the Abe-Trump meeting would likely include strengthening the Japan-U.S. alliance and taking measures to persuade North Korea to stop conducting nuclear tests and launching ballistic missiles.

He said the foundation of the consolidation of India-Japan ties was laid during the UPA government. PM Modi, Abe and his wife Akie, will have dinner at city's noted Agashiye terrace restaurant, popular for the view and kosher Gujarati cuisine, NDTV reports. The train is expected to significantly reduce travel time between the two cities.

Cultural performances continued as Modi and Abe headed towards the Sabarmati Ashram to take tour of Hridaykunj. Of the 508 km stretch between Ahmedabad and Mumbai, 92 per cent (460 km) of the track will be elevated, 6 per cent (27 km) will be in a tunnel, and the remaining 2 per cent (13 km) on ground level. The Japanese first couple is on a two-day India visit which would be limited to Gujarat, Modi's home state. They also chose to build upon their cooperation in the smart city project of India. During that visit, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe flew down to Kyoto to offer a warm welcome to our prime minister.

According to sources, India is all set to buy the United States 2i amphibious aircraft ShinMayWa from Japan in a record deal of 1.3 billion dollars, ironing out the differences over price, the two nations had.

The Japnese PM, accompanied by his wife Akie Abe, is on a two-day visit to India, to attend the annual summit between the two countries.

During this summit, both the leaders will discuss the progress in a different direction between India and Japan under the framework of their Special Strategic and Global Partnership.