New Delhi, Oct 27: Aiming to take bilateral relations between both the countries to new heights, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday left for Japan to attend the annual summit with his counterpart Shinzo Abe.
Before leaving for Japan for the summit that will take place on October 28 and 29, the Prime Minister in a statement on Friday averred that India and Japan is a “winning combination” and the nation is New Delhi’s most trusted partner in its economic and technological modernisation.
He said India’s partnership with Japan was of great substance and purpose. “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.
Mr Modi said it will be his 12th meeting with Mr Abe since he first visited Japan as prime minister in 2014 September. He 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 modernisations and one of the top investors in India,” he said.
The PM said projects such as Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail and Dedicated Freight Corridors reflect the high level and “strength of our economic engagement”.
“Japan is also at the forefront of engaging in our national initiatives, such as ‘Make in India’, ‘Skill India’, ‘Digital India’, ‘Start Up India’… Japanese investors have faith in India’s economic future, which is marked with myriad opportunities,” Modi said.
He said India values Japan’s global leadership in innovation, technologies and best practices and during his visit, he will have a chance to see some of Japan’s high-tech capabilities in robotics.
“I will have wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and interact with business leaders and captains of industry from both countries. I will also address the Indian community. These interactions will help to further strengthen our trade and investment ties, and cooperation in new areas such as healthcare, digital technologies, agriculture and food processing, disaster risk reduction and disaster resilient infrastructure,” he said. UNI