Exactly a week after the ground-breaking ceremony of the Japan-aided Ahmedabad-Mumbai high speed rail project in India, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had a “warm encounter” with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe here in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Session….reports Asian Lite News
“A warm encounter to begin another hectic day! EAM @SushmaSwaraj with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, a dear friend of India,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted along with a picture of the two leaders smiling and shaking hands.
Sushma Swaraj was not present when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Abe jointly launched the ambitious Rs 1 lakh crore bullet train project in Ahmedabad on September 14.
Modi hailed the project that will help passengers cover 500 km in three hours at a speed of over 300 km per hour as a “new pace” in India’s progress to achieve a “new India” by 2022.
The project adds to the growing list of major India-Japan infrastructure cooperation projects.
During the course of Abe’s two-day visit, India and Japan elevated their bilateral ties to new levels and called for a free and open Indo-Pacific region where sovereignty and international laws are respected.
Japan invested $4.7 billion in India in 2016-17, becoming the third largest investor in India.