PM Modi, Shinzo Abe visit Sabarmati Ashram

Bullet Train

Earlier, breaking protocol, Modi personally received Abe at the airport with a warm hug. Stages have been organized on 28 places in all the way, where artists from different states are doing colorful programs.

The road show, which began from Ahmedabad airport ended at the Sabarmati Ashram after traversing almost eight kilometres.

"Love and Thanks", Abe wrote in a short message in Japanese on the visitors' register which was also signed by his wife. During the two-day visit, he will lay the foundation stone for India's first bullet train project.

The 12th edition of the summit, which will be the fourth meeting between Prime Minister Modi and Shinzo Abe, will be held in Gandhinagar.

Ties between India and Japan have blossomed as Modi and Abe increasingly see eye-to-eye in countering growing Chinese assertiveness across Asia.

After laying the foundation stone, Abe and Modi will attend the India-Japan Annual Summit at the Mahatma Mandir. Also on the agenda is Indo-Japan business summit which will deliberate on how Japanese companies can increase investment in India.

Breaking away from official protocol, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday proceeded on a roadshow with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe soon after the latter's arrival here on a two-day visit.

Mr Abe is seeking the adoption of Japanese technology in other railway systems in the South Asian country, as New Delhi also plans to build high-speed railways connecting the four major cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. At the Sabarmati Ashram set up by Mahatma Gandhi, Abe and his wife paid homage to the Father of the Nation.

After the visit to iconic Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, both leaders are heading to a very famous restaurant in Ahmedabad for a traditional Gujarati dinner.

After spending some time there, Shinzo Abe and Akie Abe went to the Sidi Saiyed mosque in the heart of Ahmedabad, guided by Modi.

Modi took the Abes on a tour of the Ashram where the three posed for pictures, including one in front of a "charkha".

He was welcomed to the country by the PM.

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