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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds first bilateral talks

IBEF:  May, 2014

New Delhi: India’s Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi held talks with Mr Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan on May 27, 2014. The meeting with President Karzai followed Mr Modi’s talk with Mr Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, the Maldivian President at the ceremonial Hyderabad House in New Delhi, thus marking Mr Modi’s first bilateral meeting with international leaders after assuming the esteemed office.

Both Mr Karzai and Mr Gayoom were part of Mr Modi’s swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan held on May 26, 2014.

In their more than half an hour meeting, Mr Modi and Mr Karzai discussed ways to improve cooperation. The Indian Prime Minister was assisted in the talks by Ms Sushma Swaraj, the External Affairs Minister and Ms Sujatha Singh, the Foreign Secretary, among others.

These two meetings will be followed by other bilateral meetings, which will include talks with Mr Nawaz Sharif, the Prime Minister of Pakistan and Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa, the President of Sri Lanka.