Assam’s Guwahati and Manipuri’s Imphal are being spruced up as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzō Abe are all set to land in Northeast for the much-awaited Indo-Japan Annual Summit is scheduled for December 15th and 16th, 2019.
Security has been beefed up at the strategic locations and meeting venues that are likely to be visited by Modi and Abe along with officials, delegates from both sides.
City streets are being cleaned up, dividers are being freshly painted and covered with plastic to avoid the red stains of gutka/paan.
In Guwahati, the meeting between Modi-Abe will take place at the Old Deputy Commissioner’s Residence on December 15th, 2019. It has been converted into a heritage building a few years ago. Both the leaders are also likely to address a joint press briefing post their meeting.
As per reports, Modi and Abe will also enjoy a boat ride at the Brahmaputra river on the MV Rudra Singha and visit the Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati. The Officials from the Union External Affairs Ministry have recently inspected MV Rudra Singha and Kamakhya Temple.
One of the two hotels in Guwahati – Vivanta and Radisson Blu –is expected to be the venue for a business summit to be co-hosted by CII.
The entire southern bank of the Brahmaputra is being cleaned and decked up to welcome both the leaders. Footpath railings are being painted, decorative lights have been installed across Guwahati.
On December 16th, 2019, both the leaders will land in Imphal. They are likely to visit the World War 2 peace Memorial in Moirang built by the Japanese in 1994 and the Imphal Peace Museum at Red Hill or Maibam Lokpa Ching in Manipur.
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