Modi, Abe to set 'future direction' of partnership this week: MEA

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The mosque was built in 1573 by the retinue of Ahemad Shah Bilal Jhajar Khan, a General in the army of the last Sultan Shams-ud-Din Muzaffar Shah III of the Gujarat Sultanate. Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed Abe today with his characteristic hug at the airport.

The two leaders are expected to confirm their cooperation on issues such as dealing with North Korea, which continues to pursue its nuclear and missile programs. Besides, the two leaders will visit Dandi Kutir, the museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, at the Mahatma Mandir.

Modi showed them the statuettes of Gandhi's famous "three monkeys" that symbolised his philosophy of peace and tolerance, with one of them covering its eyes, the second its mouth, and the third its ears in the gesture of "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil".

India and Japan are likely to go beyond breaking ground for India's first bullet train project and break new ground with agreements in the defence and nuclear power sectors, including India's purchase of Japanese-built USA 2i amphibious aircraft and MoUs for nuclear power projects during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's two-day stay in the country. Abe begins his two-day visit on Wednesday during which he and Modi will hold the 12th India-Japan annual Summit in Gujarat capital Gandhinagar. "Japan's openness to supply India with military technology reflects the high level of confidence that the two countries have developed in each other", he said. PM hosted the Japanese Prime Minister and his wife at terrace restaurant Agashiye, at the heritage hotel House of Mangaldas and Girdhardas, located across Sidi Saiyyed Ni Jali road.

This time PM Modi is all set to offer a grand welcome to Abe.

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A group of Buddhist monks were also present at the airport to welcome Abe and his wife.

The two leaders and Japan's first lady, Akie Abe, left for the ashram in an open vehicle to the accompaniment of music and cultural fanfare. Abe appeared in Modi's jacket during this time, his wife Salwar kurta appeared in the same place.

Japanese PM Abe was accorded a ceremonial reception on his arrival at the Ahmedabad Airport, on Wednesday. Fifteen agreements will be signed for investments in Gujarat during the visit of the Japanese prime minister, according to Gujarat chief secretary J N Singh.

Abe and Modi are also expected to exchange views on North Korea, which carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3 despite repeated warnings from the global community, according to Japanese government officials.