WATCH: It seemed like a 2015 repeat, but Merkel and Modi shake hands with a better background

A similar incident had played out in 2015, during PM Narendra Modi's first official visit to Germany. But things had a better ending this time.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 30, 2017 9:08 pm
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In what seems to be a déjà vu moment two years apart, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attempt at shaking hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after a news conference was put off, but only for a few seconds and with a better backdrop. On his second official visit to Germany, Modi and Merkel issued a joint statement, in which the Indian PM focused heavily on climate change as well as Indo-German bilateral relations. At the end of his statement, Modi turned towards Merkel, his hand extended for a handshake, but the Chancellor seemed unaware as she guided him towards the photo-op point in front of the flags of the two nations where the two shook hands immediately after.

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Interestingly, a similar scene had played out in April 2015, during Modi’s first official visit to Germany, a moment that sparked a huge online debate at the time with many questioning if the Indian PM had been “snubbed”.

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Talk about history repeating itself!

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    Sri Krishna
    May 31, 2017 at 4:37 am
    Karma result, PM once insulted his former PM in UAE once. Now his own turn by his own right hand. History repeats itself. Tab yeh sasta bikau ISI->RSS funded bhakto ko sharm nehi. Abhi aa rahi hain. Kali ke jhut ka ant hone wala hain sabdhan jhut ke saudagaro. Payse ke liye khudko, Power ke liye Sri Ram ke pabitra naam ko, Na becho dharma ye sahnewala nehi hain Yada Yada Hi Dharmasya Glanir Bhavati Bharata Abhyutthanam Dharmasya Tadatmanam Srjamy Aham Paritranaya Sadhunam Vinasaya Cha Duskrtam Dharma-Samsthapanarthaya Sambhavami Yuge Yuge Samay aa paucha hain #KalkiIsComing
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      ABhishek Jain
      May 31, 2017 at 4:31 pm
      First verify this fake news. They did handshake with better background.
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      Babu
      May 30, 2017 at 9:10 pm
      I have yet to see a rag in foreign nation to intentionally mock the PM when on foreign trip....shame on you IE
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        Babu
        May 30, 2017 at 9:05 pm
        I have yet to see a however sick rag in another nation to intentionally show their PM in poor light when on foreign trip. shame on you IE
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          anon
          May 30, 2017 at 9:02 pm
          Modi the buffoon again
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            anon
            May 30, 2017 at 9:02 pm
            Modi is no doubt a buffoon...
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              David
              May 30, 2017 at 8:55 pm
              India has enemies within.. Indian Express is one of them.
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                David
                May 30, 2017 at 8:52 pm
                Handshake is not the substance of the visit. Rather what is achieved for India. This was on purpose by Merkle. These are old behavior by Europeans towards non whites. So fellow Indians lets be united and progress. White European arrogance is numbeted. Finally India doesn't owe anything to Germany.
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                  Babu
                  May 30, 2017 at 8:45 pm
                  The avoidance of handshake I believe was not intentional, but you can bet that the sick media and the fifth column enjoy a ic pleasure in matters howsoever insgnificant pertaining to shri Modiji....I would request the patriots to stay focused do not go astray remain UNITED. u n i t e d .....
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                    Babu
                    May 30, 2017 at 8:47 pm
                    correction...."enjoy a sadi-st-ic pleasure....
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