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NEW DELHI : The much anticipated meeting between US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday had on its agenda weighty matters like trade deficit between the two countries and the Kashmir dispute, but the two displayed bonhomie - sharing a joke before starting talks on the margins of the G7 meet at Biarritz, France.

Ahead of their talks, the two leaders made brief remarks to the press. The assembled journalists swamped Trump with a series of questions including protests in Hong Kong, trade issues with China besides the US economy.

To a question regarding Trump’s oft repeated threat of pulling out of the World Trade Organisation, Modi responded in Hindi saying he and Trump should be allowed to get on with their talks and that reporters would be informed as soon as the two leaders had anything to say. Trump also immediately responded, saying “He (Modi) actually speaks very good English but has chosen to respond in Hindi." Trump’s comments had both leaders laughing and reaching for each other’s hand before Modi jovially slapped the back of the US President’s hand.

Modi and Trump were seen laughing all the while.

The Indian Prime Minister is known for his trade mark hug, his favoured way of greeting world leaders. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, French President Emmanuel Macron and Trump are some of the leaders Modi has embraced during his bilateral meetings. The personal touch has been seen as an icebreaker by various, and has also been touted as Modi's own brand of diplomacy.

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