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Gujarat set to roll out red carpet for Japanese PM tomorrow

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

will roll out the red carpet for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who arrives here tomorrow on a two-day visit during which he will lay the foundation stone for India's first bullet train project.

The twin cities of and Gandhinagar, which will host a slew of programmes during the high-profile visit, are all decked up to welcome the foreign dignitary with streets shimmering in fluorescent lights, and hoardings and banners welcoming Abe dotting them.


Robust security arrangements have been put in place for the 12th Indo-Summit and business meet where Japanese companies are likely to announce major in

The visit will begin tomorrow afternoon with an 8 km road show where Abe will be accorded a grand welcome, officials said.

Prime Minister Modi will be present through the road show with Abe with people lining the streets their cavalcade would pass through.

They will visit Sabarmati Ashram and iconic Sidi Saiyyed Mosque in the eastern part of the city famous for its intricate stone lattice work tomorrow.

Prime Minister Modi will host dinner for Abe at a hotel in the old city area.

has been recently included in the World Heritage City list. Japanese PM will be given an overview of the heritage of the city in prime minister Modi's home state.

On Thursday, Abe and Modi will lay the foundation stone for the high-speed train project between and Mumbai which is expected to be completed by 2022, and is likely to traverse the distance of over 500 km between in around two hours.

has extended a soft loan for the ambitious project conceptualised by Modi.

The two leaders will hold the 12th Indo-annual Summit meeting at Gandhinagar after which agreements will be exchanged. Later, an India-business plenary meeting will be held.

"We are thankful to the Japanese PM for selecting for his visit to India," chief secretary J N Singh said.

Fifteen agreements will be signed for in during the visit of the Japanese prime minister, he said.

Abe's spouse Akie Abe will accompany him and also have a busy schedule. She will be visiting a number of places including an NGO -- Blind People's Association.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, September 12 2017. 20:48 IST
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