PM Modi arrives in Tokyo for 13th India-Japan Annual Summit

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 27, 2018, 07.18 PM(IST)

PM Modi arrives in Tokyo. Photograph:( ANI )

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This is Modi's 12th meeting with Japan Prime Minister Shinzō Abe since he first visited Japan in September 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Tokyo on Saturday evening for his two-day state visit to Japan. He will also attend the 13th India-Japan Annual Summit.

Modi interacted with members of the Indian community at Imperial Hotel in the Capital immediately after his arrival.  

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This is Modi's 12th meeting with Japan Prime Minister Shinzō Abe since he first visited Japan in September 2014.

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In a statement on Friday, before leaving for Japan, Modi described India and Japan a "winning combination" and said the island nation is New Delhi's most trusted partner in its economic and technological modernisation.

"Our complementarities make India and Japan a winning combination. Japan today is one of the most trusted partners in India's economic and technological modernisations and one of the top investors in India," he pointed out.

Modi also said that both economic and strategic ties with Japan have completely transformed in recent years.

"We have a special strategic and global partnership. Our ties with Japan, both economic and strategic, stand completely transformed in recent years. It is today a partnership of great substance and purpose. It rests on the strong pillars of India's Act East Policy, and our shared vision and commitment to a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific," he said.

In a special gesture, Modi will be hosted by his Japanese counterpart for a private dinner at his holiday home in the picturesque Yamanashi prefecture on October 28, which will be, perhaps, the first such reception to be extended to a foreign leader.

(With inputs from agencies)