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On top of the list is the bullet train project, which Abe will launch during his visit.

"So, therefore, you can be critical of (Congress vice president) Rahul Gandhi, but I think the time has come for the NDA-BJP Government and the Prime Minister to introspect that mere speeches and road shows with leaders of other countries do not substitute for diplomacy", Tewari said.

Modi received Abe and his wife Akie Abe at the mosque which is famous for its latticework windows, and took them on a tour of the complex.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe signed the visitor's book at Sabarmati Ashram, one of the residences of Mahatma Gandhi, after their roadshow from Ahmedabad Airport and shared a light moment with Prime MInister Narendra Modi by the riverside. According to the reports, Japan will be providing 80 percent of the project cost as a loan to India.

Gujarat set to roll out red carpet for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today; PM Modi and Shinzo Abe to do a 8 km long roadshow to Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad from the airport; to lay Foundation stone for bullet train tomorrow.

Following the presentation both the PM's will be having dinner hosted by the Agashiye restaurant located near the mosque. PM Modi and PM Abe will also visit the mosque.

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He will be visiting Sabarmati Ashram at 4:30 along with PM Modi, followed by a visit to Visit to Siddi Sayyaid ki Jaali.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be arriving at Ahmedabad on Sep 13 for his two-day visit to India, to attend the 12th India-Japan annual summit.

Both Japan and India will work towards enhancing cooperation on the global level in the Asian and African countries with a focus on infrastructure.

While his wife sported a handsome pink coloured salwar-kameez paired with a cream-hued dupatta, Shinzo donned white kurta pajama and a blue Indian-style Nehru jacket, similar to that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which he wears during his foreign visits.

Japan and India have deepened their defence ties, with Tokyo joining trilateral maritime drills also involving the US Navy in the Indian Ocean in July. The Japanese first couple is on a two-day India visit which would be limited to Gujarat, Modi's home state.

On Thursday, Modi and Abe will participate in the ground-breaking ceremony of the ambitious Rs 1.08 lakh crore ($17 billion) Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed rail project at the Western Railway Athletic Stadium near Sabarmati railway station. After his arrival in Ahmedabad, Prime Minister Modi and Shinzo Abe will take a part in a mega road show which is scheduled later in the day.

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