PM Modi addressed late Japanese leader Shinzo Abe as "dear friend"

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leaving for a visit to Japan on Monday where he will attend the state funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on September 27. Giving this information, Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra told reporters that it would take about 12 to 16 hours. During this visit, Prime Minister Modi will hold meetings and bilateral meetings with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida.

He said that Prime Minister Modi will leave for Japan a few hours from now.

He said Modi would meet Mrs. Abe during the visit and would personally condole it.

Japan's longest-serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe, was shot dead on July 8 by an assailant during an election program in the country's western region.

Kwatra said that Japanese Prime Minister Kishida had visited India in March this year and Prime Minister Modi had gone there in May to attend the Quad meeting.

He said that this year marks the 70th anniversary of India-Japan diplomatic ties, and the two leaders will get an opportunity to hold talks to further deepen their special strategic alliance.

The Foreign Secretary said that the relations between India and Japan are getting stronger and there is close cooperation between the two countries in the fields of trade and investment, defense and security, climate change, energy, infrastructure, industrial development, human resources.

He said that during this visit there will be a brief bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Modi and the Japanese Prime Minister in which people from both sides will be present. 

Kwatra said representatives of 100 countries, including 20 heads of government, would be present to attend the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Abe.

Asked whether Prime Minister Modi and Kishida will hold talks on the bullet train project, Kwatra said in this meeting the two sides will discuss and review bilateral ties, and their progress, and to narrow it down to a single topic. will not fix .

Referring to Prime Minister Modi's close ties with Abe, he said India had declared a day of national mourning in honor of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. 

He said while condoling Abe's death, Modi had described him as a "dear friend" and said the former Japanese prime minister had dedicated his life to making the world a better place.