Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in his first bilateral meeting here on the sidelines of the 14th India-Asean Summit and the 11th East Asia Summit.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup quoted Modi as saying that his first meeting was with a special friend and a valued partner.

"Furthering the relationship with greatest potential 1st bilateral is w/special friend &valued partner,PM @AbeShinzo," Swarup tweeted.

Modi arrived in Laos on Wednesday to attend the India-Asean Summit and the East Asia Summit.