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Shinzo Abe lands in Ahmedabad, goes on road show with Modi


Ahmedabad, Sep 13 (IANS): Breaking away from official protocol, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday proceeded on a roadshow with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe soon after the latter's arrival here on a two-day visit.

Modi, Abe and Japan's First lady Akie Abe boarded an open jeep and proceeded from the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport to the historic Sabarmati Ashram as thousands of people lined up along both sides of the eight-and-half-km route cheering the two leaders.

Abe changed into a Nehru jacket from the business suit he was wearing while his wife was seen wearing a salwar kameez. As Modi and Abe waved to the crowds, Akie Abe took pictures around her.

After Sabarmati Ashram, the two Prime Ministers are also scheduled to visit the iconic 16th century Sidi Saiyad Mosque in the old city later in the day.

Earlier, breaking protocol, Modi personally received Abe at the airport with a warm hug.

The visiting dignbitary was accorded a Guard of Honour while artists from different parts of the country presented a variety programme. 

On Thursday, Modi and Abe will participate in the ground-breaking ceremony of the ambitious Rs 1.08 lakh crore ($17 billion) Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed rail project at the Western Railway Athletic Stadium near Sabarmati railway station.

Thereafter, they will hold the 12th Annual Bilateral Summit in Gandhinagar following which a number of agreements are expected to be signed. 

This will be the fourth annual summit between Modi and Abe, where they are expected to review the progress in the multifaceted cooperation between India and Japan under the framework of their Special Strategic and Global Partnership. 

Japan is one of only two countries with which India has such an annual summit mechanism, the other being Russia.

The two Prime Ministers will also attend an India-Japan Business Leaders Forum.

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  • Amith, USA

    Wed, Sep 13 2017

    Very soon Abe will lose Japanese election and the MoU will remain in the papers only. Chinese President also visited Ahmedabad for starting big business for Feku but what happened, instead of business he sends his army to the boarder.

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  • Swamy, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 13 2017

    One is communal-vote bank PM and other is secular-democratic PM.

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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore /Bangalore

    Wed, Sep 13 2017

    Your certificate is like demonetised currency note.. ha..ha...ha..

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  • santhu, Mumbai/Udupi

    Wed, Sep 13 2017

    Am proud of my PM.

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  • Jeevan, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 13 2017

    Don't forget our army men are dying at borders. Plz vote for Bjp and save the nation

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  • Swamy, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 13 2017

    Oh yeah, we got the message our poor Jawans are dying at the border because of failed policies of BJP so please DON'T VOTE BJP and save our India.

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  • sharan, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 13 2017

    Exactly one reason to not vote for BJP in 2019.Under MMS rule as PM 71 soldiers died in 10 years.Under Modi regime 771 poor soldiers were killed in 3years.Never vote for BJP if you care for soldiers or even your own country.

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  • Jennifer, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Totally agree with you sharan. Modi has created more problems with the neighbouring countries as a result innocent poor jawans are loosing their life. He should have built good relationship with the neighbouring countries.

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  • Dinesh, Dubai

    Wed, Sep 13 2017

    Both are peoples PM.

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  • Rajashekar, Kateel

    Wed, Sep 13 2017

    Soon Ache din with Ache ache contracts to Adani will be served?

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