Narendra Modi welcomes Trudeau with hug at ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with a hug ahead of a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, putting to rest speculations about the government cold-shouldering the visiting dignitary.

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.

On Thursday evening breaking his silence since the Canadian Prime Minister’s arrival in India on February 17, Modi said that he looked forward to the bilateral meeting on Friday.

“I appreciate his (Trudeau’s) deep commitment to ties between our two countries,” Modi tweeted.

At the Rashtrapati Bhavan, while Modi shook hands with Sophie Trudeau, Xavier and little Hadrien, he had a special hug reserved for Elle-Grace.

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.

“I particularly look forward to meeting his children Xavier, Ella-Grace, and Hadrien,” Modi said in his tweet.

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with a hug ahead of a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, putting to rest speculations about the government cold-shouldering the visiting dignitary. After Trudeau, his wife…