Modi meets Abe on sidelines of ASEAN-India summit

November 21, 2015 12:09 pm | Updated November 17, 2021 02:05 am IST - Kaula Lumpur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met his Japanese counterpart who said Indo-Japan ties have the greatest potential of any bilateral relationship in the world.

The two leaders met on the sidelines of 13th ASEAN-India Summit here in the Malaysian capital.

“Working through lunch with an old friend. PM @AbeShinzo hosts PM @narendramodi for the second bilateral,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeted.

Earlier Mr. Modi met his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang.

“The India-Japan relationship has the greatest potential of any bilateral relationship in the world,” Abe was quoted by Swarup as saying.

The meeting comes ahead of Mr. Abe’s visit to India on December 11 to hold annual summit talks with Mr. Modi and take further the already close relations between the two major Asian economies.

In the 9th annual Indo-Japan summit talks, Mr. Modi and Mr. Abe are likely to review implementation of various decisions taken in course of last one year to boost ties, particularly in the trade and investment sector.

Mr. Modi had visited Japan from August 30 to September 3 last year during which that country had announced doubling of its private and public investment in India to about $34 billion over a period of five years.

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