India, Russia have linguistic connection: Modi

Vladimir Putin, Shinzo Abe, Narendra Modi and Khaltmaagiin Battulga attend a judo tournament on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok. Reuters/Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that India and Russia share a linguistic connection in bidding farewell.

Addressing the plenary session of the 5th Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) here, Modi said in his home state Gujarat instead of saying 'Goodbye' people say 'Aavjo' (see you later). And here in Russia, people say 'Do svidaniya' which means until the next meeting.

While concluding his speech, Modi said, Aavjo, Do svidaniya, amid loud applause from the audience, which included Russian President Vladimir Putin, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga.

India has the status of a guest country at the EEF 2019. At the invitation of President Putin, Prime Minister Modi is the chief guest of the forum.

Modi, who arrived in Russia on a two-day visit on Wednesday, is the first Indian prime minister to visit to the Russian Far East Region.

He and President Putin held the 20th India-Russia annual summit and both the countries signed 15 agreements and MoUs to bolster ties.

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