Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe asked Islamabad to bring to book the perpetrators of terror strikes, including those involved in the Mumbai (2008) and Pathankot (2016) attacks, according to a joint statement issued after their annual summit.
Strongly pitching for a ‘zero- tolerance’ approach towards terrorism, India and Japan agreed to strengthen cooperation against terror groups like Al-Qaida and Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
Meanwhile, deepening the special strategic ties, India and Japan signed 15 agreements on Thursday
“Indo-Japan ties not limited to bilateral or regional spheres. We also have close cooperation on key global issues,” the Prime Minister said addressing media
Modi also said that Japan invested $4.7 billion in India in 2016-17, 80 % higher than last year.
Japanese Prime Minister Abe said that Japan-India-US cooperation will be further strengthened as he referred to recent Malabar trilateral naval exercise.
“We have agreed upon a Japan-India investment support road map,” said Abe after his talks with Modi.
Earlier in the day, Abe and Modi laid the foundation stone for India’s first bullet train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai which is expected to be completed by 2022.
Stating that the motto of the project is more productivity with high-speed connectivity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “I congratulate the people of India as we have taken a bold step to realise an old dream of a bullet train.”
“Bullet train project will not only shorten the distance between places but among people too – “Aapnu amdavad & Amchi Mumbai,” said Modi.
“The bullet train is a big gift from Japan to India. Japan is such a friend that it gave a loan of Rs 88,000 crore at 0.1% interest,” Modi said.
Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called Modi as a visionary leader and said that Indo-Japan partnership is special, strategic and global.
“If we merge Japan’s Ja and India’s I then it became ‘Jai’. If we work together nothing is impossible,” Abe said.
The Prime Minister also said that he hopes to enjoy the beautiful scenery of India through the windows of bullet train when he comes back here in few years.