Saturday, December 12, 2015

All India | Agencies | Updated: December 12, 2015 


Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Japanese PM Shinzo Abe
NEW DELHI: Not just high speed train, India wants high speed growth also, said PM Narendra Modi addressing the Business Leaders Forum with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe in New Delhi today.

"India is a land of possibilities with excellent human resources and a technological base and Japan has been there at every turning point," said PM Modi.


"A strong India is good for Japan and a strong Japan is good for India," said the Japanese PM addressing the business leaders at the summit.

"PM Modi's economic policies are like Shinkansen-High speed, safe and reliable and carrying many people along," Mr Abe said.

India and Japan are likely to clinch a series of deals, including bullet trains and civil nuclear pact during Japanese PM's three day India visit.

"Indo-Japanese relations will contribute to peace and prosperity in Asia and the world," Mr Abe, had sid hours after arriving in New Delhi on three-day official visit yesterday, while addressing the Japan-India Innovation Seminar in the national capital.

The two sides are expected to seal a Rs. 98,000 crore deal for India's first bullet train track and deliberate on a civil nuclear pact.

A number of agreements to expand cooperation in a range of areas are expected to be signed today after the summit talks which is likely to deliberate on a number of infrastructure projects including the ambitious smart cities initiative of the Prime Minister.

The bullet train network, set to be finalised, will link Mumbai with Ahmadabad. Bullet train between the two cities will cut travel time on the 505 kilometer route from eight hours to around three.

Welcoming Mr Abe, PM Modi described him as a "phenomenal leader" and said his trip will further deepen the bilateral relations.


Hours after he arrived, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on Mr Abe during which a host of issues of mutual interest figured.

"Carrying forward a positive legacy of friendship and cooperation," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.
After the talks, Mr Abe will leave for Varanasi, which is PM's Parliamentary constituency. He will attend Ganga Aarti with Mr Modi at famous Dasaswamedh Ghat.

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