He is chief Guest on Republic day Parade. Abe attended celebrating India’s Republic Day on Sunday as the first Japanese prime minister to do so, and view a parade with the Indian prime minister.
Abe did met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday to discuss strengthening bilateral cooperation in the economic and security fields.Abe has confirm that the two countries will speed up a joint survey for a planned high-speed railway network in western India.
Furthermore, He hopes to ensure that the Indians build the network using Japanese bullet-train technology. Leaders of India and Japan to discuss plans for Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Indian Navy to hold their 3rd joint exercise in waters near Japan. Abe promise two billion dollars in loans to build a subway line and other projects.
On backdrop of Abe visit, Gautam Bambawale, head of the Indian Foreign Ministry’s East Asian affairs bureau, held a news conference on Thursday. The briefing came two days before Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is due to visit India. Abe will be the first Japanese prime minister invited as a guest of honor to India’s Republic Day ceremony. The festivities are set for Sunday. He is scheduled to review a military parade.
Bambawale noted that India’s invitation to Abe symbolizes the two nations’ strengthening security ties.
Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera went to India earlier this month. He and Indian Defense Minister A. K. Antony agreed that both nations will further cooperate on security.
Focus is on whether Abe will discuss specific security matters in his meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Bambawale also noted that India will ask Japan to sign a nuclear deal at an early date. The accord would enable Japan to export nuclear-related technology to India.
Before departing, Abe told reporters that when he became prime minister for the first time 7 years ago, he said the Japan-India relationship holds great potential.Abe also said he hopes to further deepen bilateral ties through this visit. While in India, Abe will assist a delegation of Japanese business leaders in getting more opportunities in the growing Indian market.