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Why PM Modi sat with the US flag in the background when he met Obama in Laos

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Updated: September 9, 2016 12:30:17 PM

PM Modi and Obama met in Laos for the regional ASEAN summit. During their bilateral meeting, PM Narendra Modi had the American flag behind him,

, "Indian protocol guidelines state that Indian leaders will have the Tricolour behind them. Indian protocol guidelines state that Indian leaders will have the Tricolour behind them.

PM Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama met in Laos for the regional ASEAN (Association of South Eastern Nations) summit. During their bilateral meeting, PM Narendra Modi had the American flag behind him, while Obama had the Tricolour. Seeing this, many people started reacting on social media. But they were not aware of the protocol that is supposed to be followed. According to Indian Express, “Indian protocol guidelines state that Indian leaders will have the Tricolour behind them. But, according to US protocol, the leaders must sit with the other country’s flag in the background. In this case, as the two leaders met in Laos, the Indians went with the American protocol.”

The United States ‘strongly supports’ India’s NSG membership bid, President Barack Obama told Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they discussed the immediate priorities in the strategic partnership, including deepening the civil nuclear cooperation and combating climate change. “Had a great discussion with President of the US (POTUS) on India-USA relations,” Modi tweeted. Obama reportedly complimented the PM for his initiatives in economic reforms, in particular, the new GST or Goods and Services Tax. The PM also invited Obama to visit India after his term ends later this year, to which the US leader said that his wife, Michelle, and he have yet to see the Taj Mahal.

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