Prime Minister Narendra Modi today went all out to make US President Barack Obama feel special through his personal gestures — be it receiving him at the airport with a hug or preparing tea for the visiting dignatary after their official-level talks.
After the official discussions followed by lunch, Modi and Obama went for a short stroll in the manicured gardens of the Hyderabad House.
Once they settled down at a special enclosure in the garden, Modi prepared tea for Obama as they continued their one-on-one discussion, reflecting heightened bonhomie between the two leaders.
Earlier in a departure from protocol, Modi received Obama at the airport, becoming the second Indian Prime Minister after Manmohan Singh to extend this special gesture to Obama.
Obama had also made a personal gesture during Modi’s visit to Washington in June and accompanied him to Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial where both leaders had paid joint tributes to the leader of the American Civil Rights Movement. He had then hosted a private dinner for Modi.