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PM Modi presents chess and copies of notifications related to her maternal grandfather to Kamala Harris

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New Delhi, Sep 24 (PTI) In his first direct meeting with US Vice President Kamala Harris, Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented her grandfather’s old notifications in a wooden handcrafted frame and a set of “Meenakari” chess. Harris’s maternal grandfather was an officer in the Government of India. This information was given by government sources on Friday.

Prime Minister Modi described India and the US as “natural partners” in Thursday’s meeting with Vice President Harris at the White House, during which the two leaders decided to further deepen the India-US strategic partnership and address the threat to democracy, Afghanistan and discussed global issues of common interest, including the Indo-Pacific region.

Terming the meeting of the two leaders as “very successful”, sources said Modi presented very special gifts to the US Vice President during this period.

“In a heartwarming gesture, Prime Minister Modi presented Kamala Harris a copy of old notifications related to her maternal grandfather P V Gopalan in a handcrafted wooden frame,” a government source said.

Modi also presented him a “Pink Meenakari” chess set. Sources said the “pink meenakari” is related to his parliamentary constituency and Varanasi, one of the oldest cities in the world.

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He told that this chess set is made with very exquisite handicrafts.

The gift that Prime Minister Modi gave to his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison was the craft of the “Silver Pink Meenakari Ship”. While there, he gifted a Buddha statue made of sandalwood to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

The gift presented to Morrison also belongs to Varanasi.

Apart from Harris, the Prime Minister also held bilateral talks with Morrison and Suga.

Modi arrived in Washington on Wednesday on an official visit to the US. His first direct meeting with President Joe Biden is due on Friday. He will also attend the Quad Group Leaders’ Conference.

In the last leg of his visit, he will also address the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

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