Japanese PM Shinzo Abe receives grand welcome from PM Modi at Ahmedabad
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Ahmedabad on a two-day visit with a packed agenda. It includes laying the foundation stone for India's first bullet train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai. Here's a quick run through of his events on Wednesday.
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is in India on a two-day visit. As he arrived in Ahmedabad on Wednesday he was accorded a warm welcome by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Abe is accompanied by his wife.
He was given a guard of honour at the airport. A group of Buddhist monks were also present at the airport to welcome the visiting dignitaries. Artistes performed the traditional Gujarati dance showcasing state's rich cultural traditions.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Narendra Modi took part in a cultural road show in Ahmedabad. The eight-kilometer long road show started from the Ahmedabad airport and culminated at Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram.
The two leaders got into an open-top Gypsy decorated with flowers. Along the route, 28 huge stages were built and school children performed programmes highlighting India's varied culture.
At the Sabarmati Ashram set up by Mahatma Gandhi, Abe and his wife paid homage to the Father of the Nation.
They also visited heritage site- Sidi Saiyad Ni Jali at Mosque in the old city area. This site is known for its stone lattice work.
In the evening, both the leaders held talks at Heritage Hotel in Ahmedabad, which was followed by dinner
The twin cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, which will host a slew of programmes during the high-profile visit, are all decked up to welcome the foreign dignitary with streets shimmering in fluorescent lights, and hoardings and banners welcoming Abe dotting them.
Robust security arrangements have been put in place for the 12th Indo-Japan Summit and business meet where Japanese companies are likely to announce major investments in Gujarat.