Australian PM Tony Abbott welcomes Narendra Modi at G20 summit with warm hug

When Modi, the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Australia in 28 years after Rajiv Gandhi in 1986, made his entry, he gave Abbott a hearty hug.

By: Press Trust of India | Brisbane | Published: November 15, 2014 1:57 pm
Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott welcomes Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi to the G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, Saturday. (Source: AP photo) Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott welcomes Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi to the G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, Saturday. (Source: AP photo)

As visiting G20 leaders trooped one by one into their summit venue, it was a warm hug for the host and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott from his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

Each leader came into the room at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre one at a time, stopped to shake Abbott’s hand and posed for a photo before walking out of the room in the other direction.

When Modi, the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Australia in 28 years after Rajiv Gandhi in 1986, made his entry, he gave Abbott a hearty hug.

Abbott greeted the dignitaries as he stood in the middle of the room in front of a turquoise wall with the words “Australia 2014” and “G20 Summit Brisbane 2014”.

Abbott, who has urged world leaders to speak from the heart rather than a script at the summit of the Group of 20 industrialised and major emerging economies, will host Modi in Canberra on Tuesday for bilateral talks.

The meeting between the premiers of India and Australia will be the second in two months. Abbott was in New Delhi in September where the two countries signed a landmark civil nuclear deal.

When Modi was in Japan in August, he received an unexpected hug from usually stiff Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The Japanese Premier hosted a dinner for Modi last night reflecting the growing warmth and affection between the two leaders.

Before their arrival inside the Convention centre, G20 leaders were formally and ceremonially welcomed by ‘Traditional Owners’ through performances of song and dance.

Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders have maintained a continuous connection to people, culture and country longer than any other humans on the planet.

Just as it was customary, for millennia, for groups of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders to ceremonially welcome other groups passing through or visiting their lands, so it has become customary in modern Australia for the Traditional Owners of a local area to welcome visitors to their lands, and the lands of their ancestors.

In welcoming the G20 leaders to Brisbane, the Traditional Owners also formally welcomed them to Australia, on behalf of the nation, symbolically speaking not just for all Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders, but all Australians.

A Welcome to Country can take many forms – it may be spoken, sung or danced.

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    Ravi
    Nov 15, 2014 at 4:56 pm
    So what is the bid deal, all this is PR steps. All governments (Including India's) machinary advices their PM on how to great other head of state. What other head of state believe in and what are they looking etc.Remember "Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai" and what happened after that....dian people should not go for these these gesture. Its good to have but must not follow this to heart and keep our interest as 1st priority.
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      Raj nath
      Nov 16, 2014 at 8:07 pm
      We are too far behind, ask Narender Modi ji, how does he felt, after meeting the world leaders. You are too far behind. Sri Modi ji, There is black money in your country. you have two economy. A wise person will always try to fix his house first rather then asking other other government to provide you details.Shame to all of you, 51 years old lady, gang raped. 'safai' does not mean cleaning roads. It is advisable to you get, safai in every field. Please do not play politics on these issues, Ask your railway minister to get dressed up properly, when you are visiting the other countries.
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