Congress mocks PM Modi's hugplomacy in video
Congress mocks PM Modi's hugplomacy in videoTIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Jan 14, 2018, 16:56 ISTPM Modi embraces Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on his arrival in New Delhi (PTI photo)
Related VideosCongress takes a jibe at PM Mo... NEW DELHI: The Congress today mocked Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "hugplomacy", or his fondness for giving hugs to heads of st ate while on diplomatic visits.
In a video released on the day Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in New Delhi, the Congress lampoons Modi's now famous hugs with several world leaders by describing them with droll epithets punctuated with reaction gifs.
Notable amongst these are PM Modi's "Titanic hug" with former French President Francois Hollande and "That's enough hugs" with US President Donald Trump.
The video also dubs his interactions with female diplomats "awkward", as exhibited by cherry-picked footage showing his missed handshake with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and stilted courtesy to Japan's first lady Akie Abe.
Earlier today, PM Modi broke protocol to receive Israeli counterpart and "close friend" Benjamin Netanyahu on his maiden visit to India. No sooner had Netanyahu alighted from his flight, that Modi enveloped him in one of his trademark bear hugs. Israeli fir st lady Sara Netanyahu stood to one side watching as both leaders were locked in a prolonged embrace, interspersed with several pats on the back, which eventually concluded with a spirited double handshake.
Following this warm welcome, Netanyahu took to Twitter and said: "Thank you to my good friend, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who surprised me with a personal welcome at the airport upon my arrival in India. Together we will bring the relations between our countries to new heights!"
Congress president Rahul Gandhi had called Modi's relationship with Donald Trump a failed hugplomacy after the US president tweeted that he was working on bettering ties with Pakistan in October last year.
The failed hugplomacy jibe returned again in November when Pakistan freed JuD chief and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed from house arrest.
"Narendrabhai, this is not done. Terror mastermind is free. President Trump just delinked Pak military funding from LeT. Hugplomacy fail. More hugs urgently needed," he had tweeted.
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