President Pranab Mukherjee said Sunday that the presence of US President Barack Obama at the Republic Day parade will demonstrate to the world the growing ties of friendship and trust that bind the two democracies closely.
The "chai pe charcha' moment drew smiles when it was referred to at the joint presser, and Obama thanked the prime minister. Modi also said the two sides have decided to set up a hotline between the two leaders.
US President Barack Obama praised Narendra Modi for his "legendary work ethic", and described him as tough and stylish. He said he was also thinking of wearing a "Modi kurta"
US President Barack Obama, who is the chief guest at India's 66th Republic Day parade, laid a wreath at Mahatma Gandhi's memorial at Rajghat, New Delhi and planted a sapling in the complex on the bank of the Yamuna river Sunday.
Breaking with protocol, Prime Minister Narendra Modi received him at the VVIP terminal of the Indira Gandhi International Airport where both leaders greeted each other with a spontaneous hug .
The Social Development Minister spoke on radio about the number of people on welfare benefits in New Zealand. She mentioned that there was a need to “be careful we don’t fill up all the spaces with immigrants”.