Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will arrive in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad today. The visit is seen as an effort to cement ties between India and Japan. The two leaders would carry out a first-of-its-kind roadshow from the city’s airport to the iconic monument Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram. Mr Abe is on a two-day visit to India and will lay the foundation stone for India’s first bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. For his grand welcome, the twin cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar are decked up with streets shimmering in fluorescent lights, and hoardings and banners dotting them.
Here are the live updates of Shinzo Abe’s Gujarat visit:
This afternoon, the two leaders begin their grand roadshow along a 9-km stretch from the Ahmedabad airport to Sabarmati Ashram
An hour later, they will then visit Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram
In the evening, the two leaders will visit Siddi Sayyaid ki Jaali, a 16th century mosque built in yellow sandstone in eastern Ahmedabad
The banks of Sabarmati river in the city are lit up in the colours of Indian national flag.
A day prior to Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe’s visit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state Gujarat, PM said that, “India truly values the relationship with Japan and we look forward to further boosting our bilateral ties in a wide range of sectors.”
He also shared details of the preparations done in Gujarat ahead of Mr Abe’s arrival. The city’s is lit up in fluorescent colours.