"I am very glad that Modi enjoyed the cultural heritage of ... Kyoto," Abe tweeted. He said he had valuable exchanges with Modi on India-Japan cultural ties and international affairs.

Sharing his thoughts on Modi's visit to Buddhist temples here, Abe said: "Looking at statutes of Buddha, we were reminded of the deep historical ties between Japan and India.

"He said he looked forward to seeing Modi in Tokyo Monday.Modi arrived in Japan Saturday. This is his first bilateral visit  outside South Asia.

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