Ahmadabad: Notwithstanding tongue in cheeks remarks made by the international press over his way of greeting and meeting world leaders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is keeping his practice of giving warm hug to his hosts and guests.
The same warmth was accorded to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe by Mr Modi, who received the dignitary at the tarmac of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel International airport, who arrived here for the 4th annual Summit meeting between the sides.
Washington Post of America was the first international media house to highlighted the practice of giving hugs to the world leaders by Mr Modi, devoting a full length article on the topic. The report has carried numbers of photographs showing Mr Modi hugging the leaders, some of whom were seen to be expressing their awkwardness over close body contact.
“Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is known to be a tactile man. In official appearances, whether he is meeting a local official or a world statesman, he likes to hug it out,” the Washington Post mocked.
The paper specially highlighted his fondness of hugging during the official visit by French President Francois Hollande to India.
But Abe won’t mind his host hugging him as both the leaders have been frequently meeting in the last three years. This should be ninth meeting between Modi and Abe since NDA came to power in May 2014.