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India-Japan friendship has survived the test of time: NaMo


New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday left for Japan for the India-Japan annual Summit, aimed to take bilateral relations between the two nations to new heights. In a departure statement, Mr Modi said that his visit will strengthen traditional friendship that was deeply rooted between the two nations in history and consolidate the partnership for a better future. During his two-day visit, the Prime Minister will hold wide-ranging talks with his counterpart Shinzo Abe. 'I will also interact with business leaders and captains of industry of the two nations. Besides, I will address the Indian community,' the Prime Minister added. 'As democracies, we have shared values. We seek peace and prosperity for all. 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 averred. Mr Modi said Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail and Dedicated Freight Corridors reflect the high level and strength of Tokyo's economic engagement with New Delhi. Japan was also at the forefront of engaging in initiatives, such as ‘Make in India’, ‘Skill India’, ‘Digital India’ and ‘Start Up India.’ Mr Modi pointed out. 'Japanese investors have faith in India’s economic future, which is marked with myriad opportunities. We value Japan’s global leadership in innovation, technologies and best practices. During this visit, I will have a chance to see some of Japan’s high-tech capabilities in robotics.' Mr Modi added. Observing that direct relations between the peoples of the two nations continue to grow through active interaction in areas such as education, skill development, culture and tourism, Mr Modi said,'I greatly welcome the growing ties between our parliamentarians, and between our states and Japan’s prefectures.' India and Japan, Mr Modi affirmed, 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.' Mr Modi said it will be his 12th meeting with Mr Abe since he first visited Japan as prime minister in 2014 September.' Subsequently, I had visited Japan in 2016 for the Annual Summit. Last year, I had the pleasure of hosting Prime Minister Abe and Mrs. Akie Abe in my home state Gujarat also. Japan is India’s valued partner,' the Premier said. As democracies, the two nations have shared values and they seek peace and prosperity for all. 'Our complementarities make India and Japan a winning combination. Japan today is one of the most trusted partners in India’s economic and technological modernisation and one of the top investors in the nation,' he affirmed.

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