Breaking away from official protocol, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday proceeded on a roadshow with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe soon after the latter’s arrival for 12th Indo-Japan summit. The two leaders held eight-km long roadshow from the airport to Sabarmati Ashram.
Modi, Abe and Japan’s First lady Akie Abe boarded an open jeep and proceeded from the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport to the historic Sabarmati Ashram as thousands of people lined up along both sides of the eight-and-half-km route cheering the two leaders.
Abe changed into a Nehru jacket from the business suit he was wearing while his wife was seen wearing a salwar kameez. As Modi and Abe waved to the crowds, Akie Abe took pictures around her.
After Sabarmati Ashram, the two Prime Ministers are also scheduled to visit the iconic 16th century Sidi Saiyad Mosque in the old city later in the day.
Abe’s two-day visit is being seen as an effort to cement ties between the two countries. On his visit, Mr Abe will also lay the foundation stone for India’s first bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. During his visit, 15 agreements will be signed between Japanese firms and GIDC.
05: 31 PM : The next destination for PM Modi, Shinzo Abe will be Sidi Siddique mosque.
05: 05 PM: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe & his wife Akie Abe sign the visitor’s book at Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad.
05:03 PM : PM Modi, Japanese Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi’s statue at Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati Ashram. The two leaders will later pay a visit to the iconic 16th-century mosque in the old city, Sidi Saiyad Mosque.
04: 50 PM : PM Modi, Shinzo Abe reach Sabarmati Ashram after the completion of eight-km long roadshow from Ahmedabad airport.
04:28 PM: Japan PM Shinzo Abe and his wife are donning lovely Indian outfits on the roadshow. While Mr Abe is wearing a blue Nehru jacket, his betterhalf is dressed in pink salwar kameez.
04:05 PM: PM Modi and his counterpart Shinzo Abe begin the roadshow to Sabarmati Ashram.
03: 55 PM: Japanese PM accorded ceremonial reception upon his arrival at Ahmedabad airport.
3: 43 PM: PM Narendra Modi welcomes Japan PM Shinzo Abe with his signature hug.
3: 11 PM: PM Modi arrives at Ahmedabad airport to receive his Japanese counterpart.
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