When PM Narendra Modi turned into photographers’ delight, asked them: ‘Are you guys satisfied?’

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New Delhi | Updated: January 26, 2018 12:47:57 PM

India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit 2018: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is known for cracking a smile or doing and saying something in lighter vein even when he is attending diplomatic events. This aspect of PM Modi, who seems to be unperturbed or not getting overwhelmed by the circumstances, makes him stand apart from many global leaders and politicians.

asean summit 2018India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit 2018:  Yesterday, while hosting Thailand Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha at Hyderabad House, PM Modi surprised photographers covering the event.

India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit 2018: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is known for cracking a smile or doing and saying something in lighter vein even when he is attending diplomatic events. This aspect of PM Modi, who seems to be unperturbed or not getting overwhelmed by the circumstances, makes him stand apart from many global leaders and politicians. He is also photographers’ delight and certainly for a reason. Yesterday, while hosting Thailand Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha at Hyderabad House, PM Modi surprised photographers covering the event. After posing with his Thailand counterpart, PM Modi had asked photographers whether they were satisfied with it or not. Although in a lighter vein, PM Modi asked photographers ‘are you guys satisfied’. This was revealed in the Delhi Confidential column of The Indian Express today.

PM Modi in an interview recently had said that he too would have followed those protocols of looking right and left, had shaken hands with leaders if he was trained like others. PM Modi had said he was an ordinary person and liked to keep it simple.

PM Modi held bilateral meetings with Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, Thai Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, Singaporean Premier Lee Hsien Loong and Brunei’s Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah. Secretary (East) in the external affairs ministry Preeti Saran said all the leaders Modi met talked about India’s multifaceted cooperation with ASEAN and its role in ensuring peace, security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. There have been growing concerns in the region over China ramping up its presence in the Indo-Pacific region.

Leaders from 10 ASEAN countries are here to attend the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit and participate in the Republic Day celebrations. Saran said Modi, in his bilateral meetings with leaders of six ASEAN countries since yesterday, conveyed that ASEAN has been the fulcrum of India’s Act East policy and that it wants to build on the cooperation. Referring to Modi’s meeting with his Vietnamese counterpart, Saran said both sides deliberated on defence and maritime security ties and emphasised on deepening cooperation in the oil and gas exploration sector.

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