The two leaders enjoying coconut water in Mamallapuram's Panch Rathas complex on Friday
The two leaders enjoying coconut water in Mamallapuram's Panch Rathas complex on Friday

Bonhomie on display; PM Modi, Xi enjoy coconut water at Panch Rathas complex

ANI | Updated: Oct 11, 2019 17:59 IST

Mamallapuram (Tamil Nadu) [India], Oct 11 (ANI): Surrounded by history, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday enjoyed fresh coconut water while catching their breaths at the magnificent Panch Rathas complex in the coastal city of Mamallapuram.

The leaders had previously taken a tour of the iconic relief structure Arjuna's Penance, an intricately carved ancient sculpture dating back to the Pallava dynasty and Krishna's Butter Ball - a big round boulder perched on a slope.

Wearing Tamil traditional 'veshti' (dhoti), 'angavastram' (a shawl), and a shirt, PM Modi received Xi at the coastal town located 56 kilometres south of Chennai. The two leaders exchanged pleasantries and began the tour to the three monuments.

Taking forward the Wuhan Spirit, the Mamallapuram informal summit will provide an opportunity to the Chinese President and PM Modi to continue their discussions on overarching issues of bilateral, regional and global importance and to exchange views on deepening India-China Closer Development Partnership, the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

The summit is a follow up to the inaugural meet which was held in Wuhan on April 27 and 28 last year.

President Xi was earlier accorded a grand welcome by people who lined the streets along with traditional drum players, creating a warm environment which personified the Indian belief of 'Atithi Devo Bhava'. (ANI)

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