The royal couple called on the President on Monday. The President, while hosting a banquet for the dignitaries, said, "India-Japan partnership is based on the bedrock of shared values of democracy, the rule of law and individual rights. It symbolizes our mutual quest for the progress and prosperity of our people. India and Japan also share a vision of promoting peace and stability and the two countries stand united in the dream of a new Asia full of promise and opportunities.”
"Both countries' relationship today goes beyond the bilateral as we cement together a truly global partnership with converging strategic interests," a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said, quoting the President.
"The President warmly welcomed the Emperor and Empress of Japan to India and conveyed that the people and government of India feel honoured by their visit. He said it was wonderful to have them back in the Rashtrapati Bhavan after 52 years and that memories of their earlier visit as Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Japan in 1960 are still fresh in the minds of the people of India, who hold them in the highest esteem," the spokesperson said.
The President said that India deeply values and attaches the highest importance to its close friendship with Japan which is based on a strong foundation of mutual respect and admiration.

"Our civilisational ties go back over a millennium. Buddhism is a sacred link. India and Japan have had academic and scholarly exchanges since ancient times. Both countries are presently collaborating in the revival of the Nalanda University," Mukherjee was quoted as saying. 


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