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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzo Abe visit the ‘Sidi Saiyyid Ni Jaali, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on September 13, 2017.

According to a programme put out by the Indian foreign ministry, Abe and his wife will be welcomed at a civic reception on Wednesday evening where the cultural diversity of India will be showcased through a series of performances.

They would also visit the iconic 16th century mosque in the old city, Sidi Saiyad Mosque, known for its window filigree work synonymous with Ahmedabad.

Abe, the prime minister of Japan, is here for the 12th annual India-Japan summit. The project, scheduled to be completed on December 2023 is expected to reduce the travel distance between Mumbai and Ahmedabad to around two hours from the existing 7 hours.

China and Japan are vying with each other for developing bullet trains in India and the region.

The two prime ministers will visit Sabarmati Ashram, established by India's freedom icon Mahatma Gandhi on the banks of the Sabarmati river.

"Love and Thanks", Abe wrote in a short message in Japanese on the visitors' log book which was also signed by his wife. He said the previous joint statements by the two countries clearly articulated the views of both. Here in this ceremony, the discussion of ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project will take place.

The next schedule of the two dignitaries would be the the 12th India-Japan Annual Summit at the sprawling auditorium complex Mahatma Mandir in state capital Gandhinagar.

To welcome the Japanese PM, two years after Modi hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping in Ahmedabad, a rare 8-Km long road-show had been planned.

During the summit with Modi later that day, Abe is likely to encourage India's introduction of shinkansen technology to other railway systems, the sources added.

The bullet trains in India will initially run between the financial hub of Mumbai and the industrial city of Ahmedabad in western Gujarat.

The Prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe has landed in the country today.

"This visit will allow (Abe) to take a greater leap into a new Japan-India era and think of ways to strengthen our relations with India", Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Tuesday. On being asked about the sale of amphibious aircraft ShinMaywa US-2 to India, Verma said, "I wouldn't really venture into prejudging on what is going to be the outcome".

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