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Shinzo Abe in India: Modi, Abe visits Sabarmati Aashram

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Ahmedabad: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe landed in Ahmedabad on a two-day visit to India. He was received at the airport by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Shinzo Abe will be visiting Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar.

Shinzo Abe, who is accompanied by his wife Akie Abe, has a hectic schedule for the next two days in Modi’s home state, including laying of the foundation stone for India’s first bullet train, to be run between Ahmedabad and Mumbai, and to attend the 12th Indo-Japan Summit.

Both of the PMs embarked on an 8-km long first-of-its-kind road show where students and artistes had put up cultural performances which eventually ended at Sabarmati Aashram. The Japanese PM, his wife Akie Abe and PM Modi paid their respects to Mahatma Gandhi’s statue at Sabarmati Ashram. The place has drawn many high-profile visitors and heads of states in the past too as it is the spot from where Gandhi led the Dandi march, in 1930. The duo spent a few minutes at the Sabarmati waterfront along with Akie Abe.

PM Shinzo Abe and wife Akie Abe signed the visitor’s book in the Aashram before leaving for Sidi Saiyed mosque.

Modi’s decision to accompany his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, to the 16th century Sidi Saiyed mosque in Ahmedabad marks an important turn in his political evolution. Famed globally for its exquisite stone lattice work or jalis, the mosque is not just an architectural marvel, but also the symbolic icon of Ahmedabad city.

The mosque is evidence of historical fruition of Gujarat’s multiculturalism, a testimony to Hindu and Muslim cultures coming together in the past.

According to sources, India is all set to buy the US 2i amphibious aircraft ShinMayWa from Japan in a record deal of 1.3 billion dollars, ironing out the differences over price, the two nations had.

Japan is pushing for over-the-counter sale of the US-2 aircraft produced by ShinMaywa Industries Ltd, which has a range of about 4,500 km and is suitable for search-and-rescue operations. The US-2 is also capable of carrying sensitive communications equipment.

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