Highlights: Narendra Modi, Shinzo Abe leave for dinner at heritage hotel in Ahmedabad
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be hosting his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe for two days in Ahmedabad as part of an annual summit between the two countries.india Updated: Sep 14, 2017 07:23 IST
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Ahmedabad on Wednesday afternoon for a two-day visit to attend the annual summit between the two countries.
The visit is Abe’s fourth such meeting – and 10th encounter – with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Japanese PM will be taken from the airport on a roadshow. The 8-km route has been decked up with more than 25 stages where artistes from different states wearing traditional attire will perform.
Modi will host Abe and his wife for dinner at a terrace restaurant, Agashiye, at the heritage hotel House of Mangaldas and Girdhardas after taking them around the 16th century Sidi Saiyyed mosque across the road.
A varied Gujarati vegetarian platter cooked to spicy perfection and served in shiny copperware awaits the premier and first lady of Japan, a country known for its sushi and teriyaki.
The spread includes more than 30 items. Melt-in-the-mouth khaman dhoklas, raspatra and gota fritters, mushy rice khichdi, saucy kadhi, a bitter gourd and onion sabji called bharela karela-dungri, and flatbreads such as bhakri, rotla and roti, besides the deep-fried puri.
An ambitious agenda is on the cards, with Japan expressing its willingness to scale up investment in key flagship projects such as Make in India, Skill India and the Clean Ganga Mission.
Here are the highlights:
9:00 pm: For recap of Modi-Abe’s Day 1 meet read here
6:31 pm: Leaders leave for the heritage hotel Agashiye- House of Mangaldas Girdhardas for dinner.
6:15 pm: Modi, Abe reach Sidi Saiyyed mosque.
4:59 pm: Modi to leave for Ahmedabad circuit house before they met again for Sidi Saiyyed mosque visit at 6: 15 pm.
4:52 pm: Abe leaves for Hotel Hyatt.
4:45 pm: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, his wife Akie Abe sign the visitor’s book at Sabarmati Ashram.
4:41 pm: Abe and Modi reach Sabarmati Ashram, to take tour of Hridaykunj.
4:11 pm: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe is wearing a ‘Modi kurta’. First lady dressed in salwar-kameez.
4:06 pm: Abe and Modi begin roadshow.
3.50pm: Abe to hold a roadshow with PM Modi to Sabarmati Ashram. The event has been named India Roadshow.
3.45pm: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe accorded ceremonial reception on his arrival at Ahmedabad airport.
3.40pm: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe receives guard of honour.
3.35pm: Gujarat governor KN Tripathi, chief minister Vijay Rupani, national security advisor Ajit Doval, foreign secretary S Jaishankar and Japanese ambassador to India at the airport to receive Abe.
3:29pm: Abe arrives in Ahmedabad. His aircraft has the tricolour along with the Japanese flag.
3pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Sardar Vallabhbhai International airport to receive his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.
Here’s what is on the agenda:
1. Bullet train
India’s ambitious High Speed Rail project is now at the take-off stage, coinciding with Abe’s visit. The two leaders will lay the foundation stone of the 508-km Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail in Ahmedabad on Thursday. Once complete (scheduled in December 2023) the train which will have a top speed of 350 km per hour will reduce travel time between the two cities to around 2 hours from the existing 7 hours.
2. Expanding development cooperation
Japan has expressed its desire to scale up partnership in flagship projects such as Make in India, Skill India and the Clean Ganga Mission. Focus is also on expanding Japanese aid in areas such environment protection, sewage building, forest protection.
3. International cooperation/third country projects
Both the sides will strive to enhance their international cooperation in Asian and African countries, with a sharp focus on infrastructure projects. This comes in the wake of China aggressively pushing ahead with its one-road-one-belt connectivity project, which was boycotted by India.
4. Expanding strategic and military cooperation
Japan has remained a key strategic partner for India. The two countries are also part of a trilateral military exercise with US (Malabar exercise). Efforts are on to expand the cooperation into joint defence production.