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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will receive Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Ahmedabad Airport on Wednesday.

The two leaders most recently spoke during a three-way call with French President Emmanuel Macron on September 9, when they discussed the possibility of further sanctions against North Korea, according to the Elysee Palace.

The next schedule of the two dignitaries would be the the 12th India-Japan Annual Summit at the sprawling auditorium complex Mahatma Mandir in state capital Gandhinagar.

On Thursday, Modi and Abe will perform the groundbreaking ceremony of the bullet train from at the athletics ground near Sabarmati railway station.

The high-speed rail network would be having a capacity of 750 passengers and will cut down the journey time between the two cities Ahmedabad-Mumbai from eight to three and half hours.

Abe seeks the adoption of Japanese technology in other railway systems in the South Asian country as New Delhi also plans to build high-speed railways connecting the four major cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.

The area near Sidi Saiyyed mosque on the Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad ahead of the Shinzo Abe's visit. Besides, it will give the two leaders enough time to engage with each other for nearly eight hours on the first day of the visit. Modi and Abe altogether met 10 times. "The Prime Minister believes the country's engineers and workmen have it in them to complete the project a year in advance", newly appointed Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said here Monday.

The cooperation between the two countries is seen as an attempt to counter Beijing's China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a group of infrastructure projects that connect China's west to the Arabian Sea through Pakistan. PM Modi and PM Abe will also visit the mosque.

Speaking at the India-Japan Colloquium session, Jaishankar stressed as to how cooperation and civil nuclear defence will be two key components of the future for both India and Japan.

The bullet trains in India will initially run between the financial hub of Mumbai and the industrial city of Ahmedabad in western Gujarat.

Japan is among those select few nations with which India has a summit meet every year.

Both Modi and Abe, who are close friends, will have several rounds of discussions on geopolitical matters, as well as the India and Japan partnership being developed by the two PMs.

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