Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met US President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday night for an informal private dinner, ahead of a more serious summit-level talk on Tuesday, and the two leaders seemed to have shared a great level of camaraderie, as seen in photos shared by the former on social media.
Obama, who received Modi at the South Gate of the White House, extended a warm welcome to the Indian leader with a greeting in Gujarati, "Kem Cho (How are you?)", to connect instantly with Modi in his mother tongue.
Both President @BarackObama & I share a vision for a partnership in which our nations work together for the benefit of the entire humankind.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 30, 2014
Both leaders popular for their leadership styles and their use of technology and social media are meeting for the first time, and Modi reportedly gifted Obama a special edition of the Gita, an interpretation by Mahatma Gandhi. The dinner was held in the Blue Room of the President's official residence, according to Press Trust of India. Of course, First Lady Michelle Obama was conspicuous by her absence.
In the 90-minute meeting, US Vice-President Joe Biden, secretary of state John Kerry and National Security Advisor Susan Rice and several others were part of the American side of the table at the dinner while Modi was accompanied by external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, and national security advisor Ajit Doval among others.