Bengaluru, June 10: Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a special experience towards the end of his eventful five-nation tour when he visited Mexico---the final country in the itinerary.
Enrique Pena Nieto, the president of the North American country, drove Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a restaurant for a vegetarian dinner himself. [Modi's 6-nation visits in May & June: A brief look]
Ministry of External Affairs sporkesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted a photograph showing Modi sitting beside the 49-year-old Nieto driving the car. [A glance at stories on Modi's visit to US]
While Modi's car had a left-hand drive, Didi got ride in a rigt-hand drive car
Modi, however, is not the first Indian leader to get a lift from
a foreign leader while paying a visit.
In October last year, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had a similar experience during her visit to Bhutan. [Bhutan trip an "amazing experience", says Mamata]
The Bhutanese prime minister, Tshering Togbay, personally drove Banerjee to her hotel. In fact, Togbay did not care about the protocol and met Banerjee as many as four times and also praised her for leading a simplistic life.
Modi and Banerjee might be fierce competitors at home but their reputation as leaders is something that has earned recognition across the world. The head of the governments' personal catering to them makes the point explicit.