Japanese PM Abe lands in Delhi, Rs 8,000-crore deal likely

New Delhi, Dec. 11 (ANI): Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives here on a three-day visit to attend the ninth annual Indo-Japan Summit talks.

He was received by Union Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha at Indira Gandhi International Airport here.

Prime Minister Abe will hold delegation level talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Saturday. Both the leaders are also likely to sign Rs 8,000-crore deal to build a bullet train network in India. He is also scheduled to address a business leaders’ forum and will inaugurate a Japan-India Innovation Seminar.

The visiting dignitary, accompanied by Prime Minister Modi, will also visit Varanasi on Saturday and attend Ganga Aarti at Dasaswamedh Ghat.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi tweeted: “India is all set to welcome its great friend & a phenomenal leader, PM @AbeShinzo. His visit will further deepen India-Japan relations.”

“Liked how PM @AbeShinzo describes India-Japan ties, the rich potential & cultural bond in his piece in @timesofindia,” he further tweeted.

In an article published in Times of India on Friday, Prime Minister Abe said, India and Japan are natural partners. He said this relationship has the greatest potential in the world and he will turn it into reality.

Prime Minister Abe said the Japan-India relationship is blessed with the largest potential for development of any bilateral relationship anywhere in the world. He said in order to push forward sustainable growth, Japan is supporting a variety of Prime Minister Modi’s initiatives such as Make in India, Skill India, and Clean India.

Shinzo Abe’s visit to India assumes a lot of significance as both the leaders will review implementation of various decisions taken in course of last one year to enhance economic ties, particularly in the trade and investment sector. The focus of the visit will be on forging greater synergies between two major Asian economies and take forward the special strategic ties.

Prime Minister Modi in his visit to Japan last year had announced doubling of its private and public investment in India to about 34 billion dollars over a period of five years. The two sides had also decided to elevate their ties to a Special Strategic Global Partnership.

During the summit talks last year, PM Modi and his Japanese counterpart had agreed to enhance defence and strategic cooperation to a new level, and also to speed up negotiations on civil nuclear deal. (ANI)

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