Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold bilateral talks with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe next week. Instead of Delhi, PM Modi will now host Abe in Gandhinagar on September 12, according to an Indian Express report. This is the second time PM Modi is holding a bilateral meeting in Gandhinagar. Prior to this, in September 2014, Modi held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar. Abe will be the first foreign leader to visit India, almost three weeks after the India-China standoff in Doklam. Formerly when Xi was hosted in Gandhinagar, the standoff at Chumar was ongoing.
During the time when the Doklam standoff was ongoing between the two countries, it was Japan who rendered unequivocal support to India and Bhutan through diplomatic channels. Japan’s Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu talking to Indian Express said, “We understand that the standoff in the Doklam area has been ongoing for nearly two months. What is important in disputed areas is that all parties involved do not resort to unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force (but) resolve the dispute in a peaceful manner.”
Besides the bilateral meeting, Modi and Abe will be participating in the ground breaking ceremony for Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project which is also referred to as the bullet train project. the estimated price of this project is Rs 98,000 crore. The ceremony will be taking place near the Sabarmati railway station in the city. During Modi’s last visit to Japan, Abe travelled with him to Kobe in a bullet train. Prior to this, in September 2014 he flew down to Kyoto to receive the Indian Prime Minister following which they went to Tokyo to hold a bilateral meeting.