Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on friends-making spree. From China to Australia, Thursday witnessed the PM meeting a galaxy of world leaders.
To begin with, the PM met his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev. "We are waiting for Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit the country on December 11. People in India are very excited to welcome him." Modi told Medvedev. The Russian Prime Minister conveyed that India is a "close and valued partner for us".
Later in the day, Modi met with Philippines President Benigno Aquino and also held a brief interaction with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
But it was his meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, which can be termed as highlight of the day.
Modi has earlier met Chinese President Xi Jinping, including during the latter's visit to India in September. But the two prime ministers had never met.
Li said that China is looking forward to the Indian leader's maiden visit to Beijing. After meeting PMs on Australia and New Zealand, Modi met Indonesian President Joko Widodo and congratulated him on assuming office.
Modi also talked about the 'Make in India' initiative and invited Indonesian companies to come to India. The tech-savvy PM kept on tweeting about his meetings throughout the day.