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New Delhi Correspondent
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday said his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi was one of his most “dependable” friends and together with the latter he would like to strengthen bilateral cooperation to realise a free and open Indo-Pacific.
In a message published in Indian newspapers on the day of the two leaders’ summit meeting in Japan, Abe said India was driving the region and the world’s prosperity as a global power. Prime Minister Modi was an outstanding leader of his great country, Abe said.
“I have always believed and stated that the relationship between Japan and India is blessed with the largest potential in the world,” Abe said adding Japan-India cooperation continued to expand broadly in many fields such as security, investment, information technology, agriculture, health, environment and tourism.

“We share a big win-win potential in all areas and Japan remains committed to supporting India’s economic growth and Prime Minister Modi’s Make-in-India initiative through high-speed rail, subways and other infrastructure, mobilising Japan’s world-leading technologies,” he said.

The day when Japanese bullet trains start running between Mumbai and Ahmedabad through cooperation, it will mark a shining symbol of Japan-india friendship in the future, Abe added.

“Prime Minister Modi, who is currently visiting Japan since yesterday, is one of my most dependable and valuable friends. On behalf of the entire Japanese government, I have the pleasure of extending him the warmest hospitality,” the Japanese leader’s message read.

“Together with Prime Minister Modi, I would like to further strengthen Japan-India cooperation to realise a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Abe said.

Modi is on a three-day official visit to Japan for the annual summit with Abe. This is Modi’s 12th meeting with Abe in the last four years and the two will meet again twice in the next two months on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Argentina and East Asian Summit in December.