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Narendra Modi looks forward to welcoming Shinzo Abe, says India values ties with Japan

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that India truly values its relationship with Japan and he looks forward to welcoming Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and hosting him in Gujarat for the fourth annual summit.

In a series of tweets in English and Japanese a day before Abe's arrival, Modi said he and the Japanese prime minister will attend a host of programmes to boost ties between the two countries.

"I look forward to welcoming PM @AbeShinzo. I will be hosting him in Gujarat in our fourth annual summit together.

"PM @AbeShinzo and I will attend a wide range of programmes on 13 and 14 September, 2017, aimed at further boosting India-Japan ties," he said. Modi said the two leaders will take part in the ground-breaking ceremony of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail project on Thursday. "PM @AbeShinzo & I will attend the programme to mark the start of work of India's first high-speed rail project between Ahmedabad & Mumbai.

"I also look forward to visiting the Sabarmati Ashram & the 'Sidi Saiyyid Ni Jaali' with PM @AbeShinzo during his India visit."

"India truly values the relationship with Japan and we look forward to further boosting our bilateral ties in a wide range of sectors."

Modi also posted pictures of Ahmedabad, including the Sabarmati river front, and said "Ahmedabad and India are ready to welcome PM@AbeShinzo."

Abe will be on a two-day visit to India beginning Wednesday during which the two countries are expected to scale up their strategic cooperation.

Abe and Modi will hold the 12th India-Japan annual summit in Gujarat during the visit.

Updated Date: Sep 12, 2017 20:03 PM

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