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Shinzo Abe, Modi exchange tweets, to hold ‘chai pe charcha’ in Japan

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 29, 2014
First Published: 01:02 IST(29/8/2014) | Last Updated: 01:05 IST(29/8/2014)

The bonhomie between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe is on full display with the two leaders exchanging tweets about Modi’s upcoming visit to Japan and their vision for the relationship between the two countries.

The Japanese PM will be hosting a special tea ceremony — a warm traditional gesture rooted in Japanese culture — for Modi. In a rare gesture, Abe will be travelling to Kyoto to meet Modi.

PM Modi on Thursday tweeted in Japanese to strike a chord with the Japanese people. Abe soon reciprocated with equal warmth and the tweets began trending on twitter.

In a series of tweets in Japanese, Modi talked about his forthcoming visit and said that he looked forward to visiting Japan and recalled his warm memories of visiting the country as CM of Gujarat. He will be visiting both Kyoto and Tokyo.

“Scale of innovation and level of precision among the people of Japan is admirable,” he said in one of his tweets at ‘PMO India’.

“India has a special place in my heart,” Abe said. “I am eagerly waiting for your arrival in Kyoto this weekend,” Abe tweeted in a message to Modi, who will embark on a four-day visit on Saturday.

“Your first visit to Japan as Indian PM will add a new chapter to our strategic partnership,” he wrote, which was retweeted by Modi. In another tweet, Abe “Together we can do a lot for peace and prosperity in the world.”

“Am particularly excited to meet PM Abe. I deeply respect his leadership and enjoy a warm relationship with him from previous meetings,” Modi said, sending out his personal “konnichiwa” or greetings.

“The Japan visit is an opportunity to take our ties to a new level and increase cooperation in various fields,” Modi said in another tweet.

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