India, Japan to work closely on connectivity

Posted September 14, 2017

In a first, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe would take part in a road show in Ahmedabad in Gujarat on Wednesday when the latter begins his visit.

The two prime ministers will also attend the ground-breaking ceremony of the "High-Speed Railway Training Institute" being set up in Vadodara through a video link.

"We stand ready to promote cooperation with India and other regional countries for regional development", Geng said expressing interest in reviving the project.

The two Prime Ministers will also attend an India-Japan Business Leaders Forum.

After paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi's statue at the Sabarmati Ashram, they visited the iconic 16th-century mosque in the old city, Sidi Saiyad Mosque.

PM Modi has in the past visited the Sarkhej Roza mosque and tomb complex on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. The foundation stone laying ceremony for the joint Indo-Japanese project will be held at the Sabarmati Football Grounds, on September 14th.

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The streets of Ahmedabad today came alive with song and dance performances as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an 8-km road show with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe and his wife, the first such event by the Indian premier with a visiting head of government.

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There will be two types of bullet trains, with different speeds.

In a packed itinerary, Abe and Modi would arrive in Ahmedabad on Wednesday afternoon and are slated to visit Sabarmati ashram in the evening. As per the reports Mr. Shinzo Abe is on a two-day visit to India to lay the foundation stone for India's first bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

The next schedule of the two dignitaries would be the the 12th India-Japan Annual Summit at the sprawling auditorium complex Mahatma Mandir in state capital Gandhinagar.

"Cooperation in civil nuclear energy and in defence are two domains that portend the future direction of our ties", said Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar at the India- Japan Colloquium that took place in New Delhi last Friday.