Abe was the first Japanese leader to take part in the annual ceremony in more than a decade. He said he hoped Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Japan at the earliest possible date.
Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge also charged Prime Minister Narendra Modi with delaying the project, conceived by the erstwhile UPA government, for three-and-a-half years, thus making it “economically unviable”.
Akei Abe wore a beautiful pink coloured salwar kameez that she paired with a cream-hued dupatta. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe chose a white kurta pyjama which he layered well with a blue Nehru jacket.
The two prime ministers also called upon all countries to work towards rooting out terrorist safe havens and infrastructure, disrupting terrorist networks and financing channels and halting cross-border movement of terrorists.
The two leaders, in their second phone call of the day and their fourth since North Korea fired a missile over Japan on Tuesday, agreed that the international community must apply stronger pressure than had so far been used, Kyodo said.
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It was in 2007 that the the Malabar, off the coast of India, was a multilateral event and even attracted formal protests from China.
China is scrambling fighter jets to monitor US and Japanese aircraft in the zone.