The Indian Prime Minister was on a two-day trip to meet the US President, Donald Trump. The two world leaders discussed trade, terrorism, energy, and ways to strengthen the bond between the two countries. PM Modi was also invited for the working dinner at the White House. Apart from meeting the President, the PM also met the CEOs of top companies and then left for Amsterdam.
We Indians always bring presents to meet people for the first time. Following the same tradition, PM Modi also took some beautiful gifts for the President of the US and the first lady, Melania.
The gifts that PM Modi decided to take for Donald Trump and his wife were as diverse as India is. Picking the best items from the different states of India, the PM decided to reflect the nation’s diversity in the gifts he took with him.
When Modi met the first lady, he presented her with a traditional handcrafted Himachali silver bracelet, hand woven shawls from Jammu and Kashmir, and honey and tea from Kangra valley. To the President, Modi presented a special wooden chest with intricate patterns and designs from Hoshiarpur (Punjab).
The PM also gifted the US president an original commemorative postage stamp. It’s a very special stamp that was issued by India in 1965, to mark the death centenary of Abraham Lincoln.
It is said that the stamp represents the closeness between Mahatma Gandhi and Abraham Lincoln.
Both President Lincoln and Mahatma Gandhi led from the front, with indomitable courage against the forces of reaction and outmoded beliefs. pic.twitter.com/XaPZTdangT
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 26, 2017
To return the favor and thank him, Donal Trump gave Modi a guided tour of the White House quarters and also showed him Lincoln’s bedroom. The Indian PM also got a chance to see Lincoln’s Gettysburg address and the desk on which he wrote it.