Japanese PM Shinzo Abe wraps up ‘fruitful’ India visit

New Delhi, Dec.13 (ANI): Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday left for Japan after wrapping up his three day visit to India.

“Wrapping up a fruitful and historic visit, PM @AbeShinzo bids Delhi adieu,” tweeted Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Saturday performed the ‘Ganga Aarti’ at the Dashashwamedh Ghat, which is one of the holiest places in Varanasi.

Yesterday, India and Japan signed a number of agreements included one on civil nuclear energy cooperation, India’s first bullet train and transfer of defence equipment and technology.

“The memorandum on civil nuclear energy cooperation is more than just an agreement for commerce and clean energy. It is (a) shining symbol of a new level of mutual confidence and strategic partnership,” PM Modi said. The formal signing of the agreement has been put off citing the need to finalise technical details.

At the last Summit meeting held in Tokyo last year, the two prime ministers had agreed to elevate the relationship to “Special Strategic and Global Partnership”.

India and Japan had signed a pact to develop Varanasi as a ‘Smart City’ when Prime Minister Modi had visited Japan last year. The plan is to develop Varanasi on the lines of Japanese city of Kyoto.

Modi had visited Japan from August 30 to September 3 last year during which that country had announced doubling of its private and public investment in India to about $34 billion over a period of five years.(ANI)

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