Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

PM Modi, Japanese PM Abe take express train to Tokyo from Yamanashi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who's now on a two-day visit to Japan, will hold delegation level talks with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on the final day of his tour on Monday.

Ahead of his departure from New Delhi, Modi described India and Japan as a "winning combination" and said the island nation was New Delhi's most trusted partner in its economic and technological modernisation.

After arriving in Yamanashi earlier today, PM Modi was hosted by Abe for a private lunch at the latter's personal villa near Lake Kawaguchi in Yamanashi.

Modi chose Japan among the first nations to visit after taking power four years ago.

Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing countrymen in his "Mann Ki Baat" programme, today advised sport lovers to attend the Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup-2018 scheduled to be held at the Kalinga Stadium here from November 28 to December 16 and cheer the teams.

Abe has been promoting the "Indo-Pacific" concept since well before Trump, and is reaching out to friends around the region at a time when Washington is calling into question defense alliances and demanding allies pay more. The Indian PM is one of the 18 persons Abe follows on Twitter.


Relations with China are a major issue shared by Modi and Abe, as their cooperation might balance China's growing regional influence and military assertiveness. Abe hosted a luncheon for Modi at a scenic resort near Mount Fuji, after which they visited a robot factory, PTI reported. Their main agenda items, however, will be discussed Monday, where the day will be spent in talks, followed by a state banquet, and Modi's return home.

"Just as how lamps light up the dark during Diwali wherever you are, you are spreading the light of India to every corner of the world and Japan and making the country proud". The only other country with which India has a similar arrangement is Russian Federation.

Abe told Modi about his trip to China and both sides agreed on the need to cooperate closely on getting North Korea to drop nuclear weapons development, the ministry said in a statement.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held a series of meetings with top Japanese leaders, including Foreign Minister Taro Kono and held productive, focused discussions on bilateral, regional and global issues.

ALSO READ: Trade war drawing China, Japan into an embrace? The world is appreciating India for its efforts towards services towards humanity.

In another sign of closer relations, India and Japan are to hold their first joint military exercises involving ground forces, starting next month.

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