NEW DELHI: Welcoming his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe here, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today described him as a "phenomenal leader" and said his trip will further deepen the bilateral relations.
"Liked how PM @AbeShinzo describes India-Japan ties, the rich potential & cultural bond in his piece" in a newspaper, Modi tweeted.
"India is all set to welcome its great friend & a phenomenal leader, PM @AbeShinzo. His visit will further deepen India-Japan relations," he said in another tweet.
Abe was set to begin his three-day visit today during which he will hold annual summit talks with Modi tomorrow.
They will review implementation of various decisions taken in course of last one year to enhance economic ties, particularly in the trade and investment sector.
A Rs 98,000-crore deal to build a bullet train network is among a number of agreements likely to be signed.
After the talks, Abe will visit Varanasi, which is Modi's Parliamentary constituency, where he will attend 'Ganga Aarti' at famous Dasaswamedh Ghat.
Modi will accompany Abe during his nearly four-and-a-half-hour-long visit to Varanasi.