New Delhi: Setting the tone for their meeting two days later, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe Thursday took to Twitter to reach out to each other and the respective countries.
While an "excited" Modi tweeted in Japanese language to strike a chord with the Japanese people, Abe responded hours later by saying "India has a special place in my heart".
Both leaders said they eagerly looked forward to meeting each other.
"Friends from Japan asked me to talk to the people of Japan directly in Japanese. I also thank them for helping with the translation," tweeted Modi who will be embarking on his first bilateral visit outside the subcontinent since becoming the Prime Minister in May.
He said he was "excited" to meet Abe whose leadership he deeply respects.
In the tweets, he said he was keenly looking forward to the trip to take the "time-tested" bilateral ties to a new level and increase cooperation in various fields.