Ahmedabad, Sep 14: India and Japan today signed 15 bilateral agreements during the 12th India Japan Annual Summit. At the joint press conference, PM Narendra Modi said that the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail project, popularly known as India’s first bullet train, is the life line of ‘New India’. PM welcomed the agreements between the two countries saying that the bilateral partnership between India and Japan will strengthen the relationship between the two countries.

“Be it Make in India, or Skill India, India is transforming in every aspect,” PM Modi said, adding that this (partnership) is a big opportunity for Japan. “I am happy that Japan’s many industries are connected with India,” he added. (Also Read: Bullet Train Foundation Laid; Shinzo Abe Says ‘Jai Japan, Jai India’)

PM Modi also said that India Post and Japan Post will start a ‘cool box service’ for the Japanese nationals living in India so that “they can order their favorite food from Japan”. “I urge Japanese business community to open the maximum number of Japanese restaurant chains in India,” he further added.

The signed MoUs include: (1) Agreement for International Joint Exchange Programme in Science and Technology (2) Joint Research Contract between Japan’s AIST and India’s DBT (3) MoU between DBT and Indian Institute of Advanced Science and Technology (4) Promotion of Cooperation in Research related activities, among others.

Shinzo Abe thanked PM Modi with a Dhanyawaad saying “We appreciate the warm welcome & hospitality”. “India, Japan, and the United States conducted joint maritime exercise Malabar for the first time, based on strong ties of trust between PM Modi and US President Donald Trump,” he added. Abe said that the joint naval exercise Malabar will further deepen and strengthen the cooperation between India, Japan, and the United States.

Condemning North Korea’s continued development of its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, Abe said, “I welcome India’s stand on North Korea. Our partnership is for peace and prosperity. There will be naval cooperation between both countries.”