Modi meets former Japanese PM Mori

Tokyo, Nov 11 (IANS) Ahead of the annual India-Japan bilateral summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori here on Friday.

“An important elder statesman pays a visit. Former PM of Japan Yoshiro Mori, an old friend of India, calls on PM @narendramodi in Tokyo,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted along with pictures of the two leaders.

Mori served as Prime Minister of Japan from 2000 to 2001.

Modi, who arrived here on Thursday, will hold the annual bilateral summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe later on Friday.

Earlier in the day, Modi called on Japanese Emperor Akihito.

“It was an honour to meet His Highness Emperor Akihito and discuss India-Japan relations,” he said in a tweet.

The Prime Minister also attended a meeting of the India-Japan Business Leaders’ Forum and addresses a business luncheon of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Keidanren or the Japanese Business Federation.

This is Modi’s second visit to Japan in two years.