Meetings keep PM Modi busy on Day 1

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s day one in office turned out to be an extremely hectic and busy one. He kick-started his day by taking charge in his new office at South Block. After which the PM was lined up with back-to-back meetings with dignitaries and delegates from the the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations, as well as his cabinet ministers.

After taking charge in the PMO office, Modi head out to meet leaders from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Mauritius and Nepal at the Hyderabad House. Briefing the media on the interactions Modi had with the respective country heads, foreign secretary Sujatha Singh on Tuesday said all eight leaders of SAARC have given an invitation to prime minister Narendra Modi to visit their countries, and added that he had substantive meetings with all of his counterparts.

‘Prime minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday had good and substantive meetings with all eight leaders who are visiting India. He thanked each of them for their graciousness in accepting his invitation to attend the ceremony of oath taking and noted that this was a celebration of democracy in the region enriched by their presence,’ said Singh. ‘All the SAARC leaders invited the Prime Minister to visit. He accepted. The dates have to be worked out,’ she added.

In the evening after wrapping up his meetings with SAARC leaders, as a special gesture, Modi met his predecessor Manmohan Singh. The meeting has been described as a ‘courtesy call’. Visiting Singh at his new address - 3, Motilal Nehru Place -Modi was received by Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur.

After this he headed to attend the first cabinet meeting on the new government held in South Block. The cabinet constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to unearth black money, said law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in a press briefing.

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