Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe for a two-day State visit to India on Wednesday.

Abe flew in directly from Tokyo to Ahmedabad, perhaps one of the few heads of state to directly land in a country other than National Capital New Delhi. After official function at the airport and Guard of Honour by three wings of defence forces, Abe and his wife Aki Abe were greeted to the cultural fiesta and welcomed traditionally by Buddhist monks.

PM Modi and Abe took part in an 8 km road show that would terminate at Sabarmati Ashram, where apostle of peace Mahatma Gandhi spent considerable part of his life. 

PM Modi, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe & his wife Akie Abe at 'Sidi Saiyyid Ni Jaali’, the famous 16th century mosque in Ahmedabad.

PM Modi, Mr Abe and his wife Akie had a dinner at Ahmedabad's famous Agashiye terrace restaurant, which is known for its splendid view and kosher Gujarati cuisine.

Both leaders will lay of the foundation stone for India’s first bullet train, to be run between Ahmedabad and Mumbai, and to attend the 12th Indo-Japan Summit.

India is expected to seal the deal to buy the US-2 amphibious aircraft from Japan during Shinzo Abe visit.

India will buy 12 US-2 ShinMaywa aircrafts in flyway condition and another 18 will be jointly manufactured in India.

Notably, last year, China had reacted angrily to reports that Japan plans to sell weapons to India at cheaper prices, saying that such a move is disgraceful.

 

 

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