On Thursday, Modi and Abe will hold official talks in Ahmedabad-unlike most visits in the past when foreign dignitaries have held the formal discussions with Modi in Delhi and then moved to a state capital for other engagements like meetings with industry representatives.
Modi recently replaced his railway minister after a series of derailments, including one last month which killed at least 23 passengers in the northern Uttar Pradesh state. Moreover, apart from this, the two prime ministers will also launch various projects comprising of Rs 3,000-crore Suzuki vehicle manufacturing plant at Hansalpur, which is about 170 km from Ahmedabad.
During the visit, both leaders will address the 12th India-Japan Annual Summit in Gujarat's Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar.
This will be the fourth annual summit between Modi and Abe, during which the focus of talks is expected to be on trade, defence and infrastructure.
After arriving in Ahmedabad on September 13 afternoon, Modi and Abe will first visit Sabarmati Ashram, before heading for a heritage hotel in the old city area. A senior government official told Sunday Express "The Japanese PM will be accorded a very warm welcome".
The two prime ministers will also launch a couple of projects, including the Rs 3,000-crore Suzuki vehicle manufacturing plant at Hansalpur, about 170 km from Ahmedabad, using a remote.
On September 14, Abe will attend the ground breaking ceremony of the Mumbai-Ahemdabad high-speed railway, a flagship programme of the India-Japan collaboration, marking the commencement of the project, also known as bullet train project.
A few agreements are expected to be signed between the two countries after talks between the two leaders, Joint Secretary East Asia Pranay Verma said at media briefing about the visit.
On a question about the Asia-Africa Growth Corridor, announced during Prime Minister Modi's visit to Japan a year ago, Mr Verma said it was an ongoing exercise in an area in which India wanted to cooperate with Japan in third countries. The two nations have also been holding a bilateral naval exercise, the JIMEX, since 2012. This is a big leap of faith for Japan as the only country to have suffered from the impact of atomic weapons, especially since India is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
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