Day One: Modi, Abe hold informal talks

The two PMs visit factory making industrial robots
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, held informal talks at a picturesque resort near Mount Fuji and visited a factory making industrial robots on Sunday as they spent eight hours together on the first day of the two-day summit. Mr. Modi, who arrived in Japan on Saturday evening to attend the 13th India-Japan annual summit, said the partnership had fundamentally been transformed and strengthened as a “special strategic and global partnership”. The summit will seek to review the progress in ties and deepen the strategic dimension of the relationship. Mr. Modi was received by Mr. Abe at Hotel Mount Fuji in Yamanashi prefecture, west of Tokyo. “Delighted to meet PM @AbeShinzo in the picturesque prefecture of Yamanashi,” Mr. Modi tweeted.
The two leaders took a stroll in the garden and then Mr. Abe hosted a luncheon.
Thereafter, the Prime Ministers visited the FANUC industrial facility, which specialises in automation. “Taking our cooperation to modern and advanced technologies. PM @narendramodi and PM @AbeShinzo visited the FANUC Corporation, one of the largest makers of industrial robots in the world, in #Yamanashi, and toured the robotics and automation facilities,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. Mr. Modi was briefed about the robotic and automation capabilities of FANUC, officials said. Later in the evening, Mr. Abe hosted Mr. Modi at his villa near Lake Kawaguchi in Yamanashi for a private dinner. It is the first time Mr. Abe has invited a foreign leader to his holiday home in the village of Narusawa.
“Extremely grateful to PM @AbeShinzo for the warm reception at his home. I am truly honoured by this gesture. PM Abe also taught me the Japanese way of eating food using chopsticks!” Mr. Modi tweeted. After the dinner, the two leaders left for Tokyo by train. They will hold a formal summit in Tokyo, during which strengthening of bilateral security and economic cooperation is expected to top the agenda.
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