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Modi in Mongolia: Visits ancient monastery, gifts Bodhi sapling

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Ulan Bator, May 17:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday visited the Gandan Monastery in the Mongolian capital and met the chief abbot, Hamba Lama.

pic: zeenews.india.com
pic: zeenews.india.com

Modi, the first Indian prime minister to visit Mongolia, also lighted incense and offered prayers at the monastery.

He gifted a sapling of the revered Mahabodhi tree to the lama.

He also visited the Janraisag Monastery which houses a 26 metre tall statue of Janraisag Buddha, tweeted the external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

Modi was later accorded a ceremonial welcome at the State Palace.

Modi later sat down for delegation-level talks with Mongolian Prime Minister Chimed Saikhanbileg. A number of agreements are set to be inked.

He will also address the Mongolian parliament. (IANS)