Close ally Japan PM Shinzo Abe will be given a grand and memorable welcome: Rupani

Gandhinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counter part Shinzo Abe will arrive on a two day trip to Gujarat on September 13 during which the ground breaking of the historic Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project and signing of some other agreements will take place.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today said that Abe would arrive at Ahmedabad airport in the noon and would visit Sabarmati Ashram of Mahatma Gandhi in Ranip area in the city.

He would then participate in a heritage city related event at sidi syed ni jali. there after he would participate in various diplomatic meetings, the CM said.

On September 14 he would go to Sabarmati railway station in Ahmedabad where he and PM Modi would jointly do the ground breaking for the work of the bullet train project, Rupani said.

The two PMs would then go to Gandhinagar for diplomatic meetings in Dandi Kutir and later to close-by Mahatma Mandir there where several business deals and agreements would be signed by both the sides.

In the evening Abe and Modi would participate in a dinner in Science city in Ahmedabad before leaving Gujarat, he informed.

CM Rupani said that as Japan was a very important ally to India, Gujarat was preparing for a grand and memorable welcome to PM Abe. ‘Our close ties are going to be further close in the coming days,’ he said.

Meanwhile a senior official said that PM Modi would himself receive PM Abe at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International airport and the two leaders were likely to reach Sabarmati Ashram in the form of an around 8 km long road show like journey. Notably, PM Abe was the second state of head who will during his India visit land directly in Gujarat. Earlier in September 2014, months after Modi’s becoming PM. Chinese premier Xi JInping had landed in Ahmedabad directly during his much-talked about India visit.

Abe will do his night stay in Hotel Hyatt in Ahmedabad while PM Modi would stay at Rajbhavan in Gandhinagar. Both the PMs would remain present together during most of the events during the two day visit.

PM Modi would again visit Gujarat on September 17 on his birthday to dedicate the Narmada project to the people of state and would address a meeting at Dabhoi in Central Gujarat.


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