Modi, PM Abe visit Sabarmati ashram, pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, 13 Sep, 2017

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

Heavy security arrangements have been put in place for the roadshow.

According to TV reports, around 9,000 policemen are deployed across Ahmedabad.

In an eyeball grabber standout moment of high diplomacy, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe changed his black colour suit to a Kurta Pyjama and Nehru jacket for his Road Show in Gujarat's Ahmedabad. The route will have 12 stations/stops and a few of them are: Mumbai, Virar, Vapi, Surat, Vadodara, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati. Furthermore, more than 25 stages had been installed throughout the stretch to welcome the visiting dignitary.

The leaders will then visit the Sidi Saiyad Mosque, a historic monument from the 16 century known for its stone lattice work. Both the leaders will also see a presentation there about the city's heritage.

The leaders will lay the foundation stone of the high-speed rail network between Ahmedabad - the capital city of Modi's home state - and India's financial hub of Mumbai on September 14, a statement by the Gujarat government said Saturday.

Japan is a major player in the nuclear energy market and an atomic deal with it will make it easier for US-based nuclear plant makers Westinghouse Electric Corporation and GE Energy Inc to set up atomic plants in India as both these conglomerates have Japanese investments.

"Abe's visit is part of a process of expanding India-Japan ties". “We are working on several projects in the Northeast with help from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for improvement of infrastructure, including roads in Meghalaya and Mizoram, ” sources added. They would also attend the 10th Indo-Japanese summit before Japanese premier flies off directly to Tokyo.

"I think for such low expenditure we are not only getting this huge system, but also modern technology which will provide lakhs of jobs in India". Both sides had chose to ramp up bilateral defence and security cooperation during the visit.

Japan and India are likely going to strengthen strategic partnership in the neighbourhood in terms of joint development of projects. "This agreement is a legal framework that India will act responsibly in peaceful uses of nuclear energy and also in Non-Proliferation regime even though India is not a participant or signatory of NPT", Prime Minister Modi was quoted as saying.