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WATCH | PM Modi Holds Bilateral Talks With Japanese Counterpart Shinzo Abe Ahead Of G-20 Summit, Says 'it Is A Friendship Characterised By Warmth'

Written By Navashree Nandini | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held bilateral meeting with Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Osaka ahead of the G 20 summit
  • He said: 'Shizo Abe was India's first friend to congratulate him on election victory'
  • Shinzo Abe will visit India later this year for annual summit.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Osaka ahead of the G 20 summit. Speaking in the bilateral meeting with Japan, PM Modi thanked Shinzo Abe for his congratulatory message on his victory in the Lok Sabha elections 2019. He then added that the world is focussing on the vibrant democracy and the vastness of the country. 

As the meeting commenced between the two nations, Prime Minister Modi said:

"The way in which Japan welcomed my delegation and me, I am grateful. The way in which you have fulfilled your role as the chairman of the G 20 summit, I congratulate you on that. This is the new Reiwa era in Japan and I extend my best wishes to the country and I am glad that the President of India will attend the ceremony. Thank you once again for the congratulations, you were the first friend of India who congratulated me, on phone. I also express my gratitude for the warm welcome you and Japan Government have accorded to us."

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The Ministry of External Affairs took to Twitter and said that PM Modi and Japanese PM spoke om expanding the strategic template of the relation and that the Japanese PM will visit India later this year.

Taking to Twitter the Prime Minister also said that the friendship between the two nations is characterised by warmth and the promise of a bright future. 

Responding to Prime Minister Modi, Shinzo Abe said:

"Once again would like to offer my hearty congratulations to you for an overwhelming win in elections. Also, next time it is my turn to visit India and I am looking forward to my visit."

Meanwhile, India has participated in all the G20 summits held so far and will host the summit in 2022 for the first time. PM Modi will hold 10 bilateral meetings, including the ones with France, Japan, Indonesia, US, and Turkey, on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan. Besides India and the host Japan, other participants are the US, UK, European Union, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Russia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Korea, South Africa, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. 

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