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Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau on Friday welcoming him with a hug ahead of a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, putting to rest speculations about the government cold-shouldering the visiting dignitary.
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After Trudeau, his wife Sophie, and children Xavier, Ella-Grace and Hadrien, alighted from a car on the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Modi shook hands with Trudeau and then hugged him.
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On Thursday, the Indian leader had posted a picture of him playfully tweaking Elle-Grace's ears with Trudeau smilingly looking on during a visit to Canada in 2015.
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"I particularly look forward to meeting his children Xavier, Ella-Grace, and Hadrien," Modi said in his tweet.
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While Modi did not accompany Trudeau to Ahmedabad, a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in Amritsar on Wednesday was organised only at the last moment.