Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the Indian diaspora in Japan on Monday stressed on the “transformative” growth in the country. “The world is appreciating India for its efforts towards services towards humanity. The policies being made in India, the work being done towards public welfare, for these the nation is being felicitated today,” he said. He also said that India will “grab world’s attention” on Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary celebration scheduled to be held on October 31. “Sardar sahab ki pratibha jitni oonchi thi, pratima bhi utni hi oonchi banegi,” he said.
Modi, who is in Japan for the 13th India-Japan annual summit, met his counterpart Shinzo Abe and held informal talks with him. Abe who called Modi one of his “most dependable friends,” hosted him at a personal villa near Lake Kawaguchi in Yamanashi for a private dinner. PM Modi is the only foreign political leader to have received the invitation. The duo also visited a factory, took a train ride together. The two prime ministers spent about eight hours together, MEA officials said.
In Tokyo, both the leaders will hold a formal summit, during which economic cooperation and strengthening bilateral security is expected to be high on the agenda. Issues related to defence, regional security and the situation in the Indo-Pacific region is also likely to be discussed.