New Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe and said that his meeting will add new vigour to the friendship between two countries. PM Modi reached Japan on Saturday to attend the 13th India-Japan summit. Also Read - Coronavirus: India in Final Stages of Framing Protocols For Clinical Trial of Plasma Therapy, Says ICMR

The two-day summit which begins on Sunday will seek to review the progress in ties and deepen strategic dimension of the bilateral relationship.  External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted, “PM @narendramodi arrives in #Tokyo to a warm welcome for his 5th Annual Summit with @AbeShinzo. Japan is one of the few countries that India has this mechanism of annual summits, reflecting the extraordinary depth of our engagement.” Also Read - 'COVID Protection Trains': Congress Urges PM Modi to Arrange For Ferrying Migrants to Their Homes



During the summit, Modi will engage with Abe on a range of issues including defence and regional security.  On Sunday, PM Modi will be attending an informal lunch hosted by Shinzo Abe in the Yamanashi Prefecture.  He is also scheduled to visit the automation and robotic firm FANUC in the industrial city facing Mount Fuji.



Later, PM Modi will also attend a private dinner hosted by Abe at his second home in Yamanashi. Both the leaders will travel by train to Tokyo the same night.

Modi will also address the Indian community function in Tokyo and will attend a series of business events and address the business forum.

The Prime Minister’s official engagements will begin on Monday. PM Modi will be accorded the ceremonial welcome by the Japanese Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo Abe on the same day.

Modi said it will be his 12th meeting with Abe since he first visited Japan as prime minister in September 2014.