modi teaNew Delhi: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned home after a five-day successful visit to Japan that saw both sides elevate bilateral ties to a new level and also enhanced economic and defence cooperation. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj received the prime minister at the airport with a bouquet of flowers and the two leaders exchanged pleasantries.

Modi later tweeted: “EAM Sushma Swaraj-ji told me that the visit has generated lot of positivity & optimism in India about our ties with Japan. Glad to know.”

Modi also thanked the people of Japan for their affection.

“I thank the people of Japan for the affection, warmth & wonderful hospitality during my visit. Thank you Japan,” Modi said in another tweet.

This was Modi’s first bilateral visit outside South Asia after becoming prime minister in May.

During his visit, Japan promised to give $35 billion to India over the next five years for developmental projects.