NEW DELHI: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe concluded his three-day visit to India on Sunday. Earlier today, he left for Japan.
During his visit here, Abe visited Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency, Varanasi, accompanied by his Indian counterpart. Abe, on Saturday, performed the ‘Ganga Aarti’ at the Dashashwamedh Ghat, which is one of the holiest places in Varanasi.
Calling the visit fruitful and historic, Minister of External Affairs, Vikas Swarup tweeted:
On Saturday, India and Japan signed a number of agreements, including one on civil nuclear energy cooperation, India’s first bullet train, and the transfer of defence equipment and technology.
“The memorandum on civil nuclear energy cooperation is more than just an agreement for commerce and clean energy. It is (a) shining symbol of a new level of mutual confidence and strategic partnership,” PM Modi said.
The formal signing of the agreement has been put off citing the need to finalise technical details. At the last Summit meeting held in Tokyo last year, the two prime ministers had agreed to elevate the relationship to “Special Strategic and Global Partnership”.
India and Japan had signed a pact to develop Varanasi as a ‘Smart City’ when Prime Minister Modi had visited Japan last year.
Modi had visited Japan from August 30 to September 3 last year during which Japan had announced doubling of its private and public investment in India to about $34 billion (approximately Rs 2.27 lakh crore) over a period of five years.