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PM's 3-nation tour ends: Modi gives three tight bear hugs to Trump
The Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for home after concluding his 3-nation tour of US, Portugal and the Netherlands today. Prime Minister Modi arrived in Netherlands earlier today and held brief talks with Mark Rutte, his Dutch counterpart. He further addressed the Indian community present in the Netherlands.

On the other hand, Indo-US relations took an entirely different turn allowing the ties between the two countries to strengthen a bit more.

PM Modi's remarks were aimed at putting across an India in front of President Trump that was ready, in all manners, to come into phase with the Trump administration's goals. However, the US president made it amply clear that he wanted India to adhere completely to "free and fair trade".

Taking the time factor into consideration, as they say, only time will tell if the coordination between Modi and Trump does indeed develop, but nobody can take the credit away from both of them in the manner in which they both played well for their audience and said the right things to each other.

Prime Minister Modi's Indian instinct showed at the end of the meet when he bear hugged President Trump, not once, not twice but thrice. Although, while parting the final hug between the leaders ended on a slightly awkward note.

The meet at the Rose Garden told yet another story of the energetic Indian attempts to woo President Trump, with the latter playing along, for the moment, at least. One very important fact that was noted and added to the surprise of the audience was that no questions were permitted following the statements made by the two leaders. As a convention of the meet, at least 2 questions each are posed to the speaking presidents from the press of India and the US. But the fact remains that both leaders like one-way interactions with the media. Although, it was the Indian side which put an end to the proposal for questions, it's very much possible that there was an easy meeting of minds Trump and Modi on this.

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