Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Saturday, left for Japan to attend the annual summit with his counterpart Shinzo Abe. The summit is scheduled to be held on October 28 and 29. Before leaving for Japan, Modi described India and Japan as a "winning combination", describing Japan as New Delhi's most trusted partner in its economic and technological modernisation. He further stated, "We have a special strategic and global partnership. Our ties with Japan, both economic and strategic, stand completely transformed in recent years. It is today a partnership of great substance and purpose. It rests on the strong pillars of India's Act East Policy, and our shared vision and commitment to a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific." This will be PM Modi’s 12th meeting with Abe since he first visited Japan as prime minister in September 2014.
He stated that the two countries have shared values seeking peace and prosperity for all. "Our complementarities make India and Japan a winning combination. Japan today is one of the most trusted partners in India's economic and technological modernisations and one of the top investors in India," he further pointed out. According to Modi, projects such as Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail and Dedicated Freight Corridors reflect the high level and "strength of our economic engagement.”
PM Modi recalled that last year, he had hosted Prime Minister Abe and his wife Akie Abe in his home state Gujarat. In return, Modi will be hosted by his Japanese counterpart for a private dinner at his holiday home in the Yamanashi prefecture, which will be, the first such reception to be extended to a foreign leader.
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