Modi, Abe to set 'future direction' of partnership this week: MEA

India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle C-39 carrying IRNSS-1H navigation satellite lifts off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota India

After the welcome ceremony, Abe, his wife, and Modi went on a roadshow in an open-roof jeep.

However, the highlight of Abe's fourth visit to India is on Thursday when the Japanese Prime Minister will lay the foundation for India's first bullet train to run between Mumbai and Sabarmati. The president will meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his stay.

In 2015, China won a contract to assess the feasibility of a high-speed link between Delhi and Mumbai, part of a network of more than 10,000 km (6,214 miles) of track India wants to set up, but little progress has been made. Besides, the two leaders will visit Dandi Kutir, the museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, at the Mahatma Mandir.

Prime Minister Modi on Tuesday said in a tweet that India truly values its ties with Japan and looks forward to further boosting bilateral relations in a wide range of areas.

The trio also paid floral tributes at the Mahatma's statue.

The couple, dressed in traditional Indian attire, went inside "Hriday Kunj", the small house where Gandhi lived, and had their photographs clicked with a "charkha" (spinning wheel), which was emblematic of India's quest for self-reliance during the freedom struggle. Neither is he the first to be shown around Sabarmati Ashram by Modi.

The three wise monkeys, also called mystic apes, are said to have their origin in Japan in the 17th century.

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The famed lattice work of the mosque - the Tree of Life - has come to be the unofficial symbol of the city and has also inspired the logos of the National Institute of Design and the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM).

Meanwhile, India is ready and set to welcome Abe indicating a strong relationship-partnership between the two countries.

The two countries are expected to sign a series of accords, including one on maritime cooperation, during the visit, India's The Statesman newspaper reported.

The pact is created to help meet electricity demand in the fast-growing South Asian economy through nuclear power generation, but concerns remain that technology exported to India, which conducted nuclear tests in 1974 and 1998 without joining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, could be used for military purposes. The MoU is likely to be exchanged after delegation-level talks between Abe and Modi.

On a visit to Abu Dhabi two years ago, he visited the Grand Mosque, the largest in the UAE.

After completing the tour of the mosque, Modi took the visiting dignitaries to a heritage property across the street where he will host them for dinner.

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