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Lincoln stamp, hand-woven shawls: PM Modi's gifts to Trumps

Last updated on: June 27, 2017 09:07 IST

With hugs and handshakes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also presented a list of gifts to United States President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the White House on Monday.

Modi presented Trump a folio containing an original commemorative postal stamp that had been issued by India in 1965. The stamp had been issued by India 52 years ago in 1965 to mark the death centenary of Abraham Lincoln.

"The stamp had been issued in 1965 to mark the death centenary of President Abraham Lincoln. The stamp honoured the memory of a great American President and symbolised closeness of the ideals for which Lincoln stood and which drove Bapu (Mahatma Gandhi)," the Prime Minister's office posted on Twitter. 

"Both leaders believed in the basic goodness of the common citizen, and in emancipation of the downtrodden. Both President Lincoln and Mahatma Gandhi led from the front, with indomitable courage against the forces of reaction and outmoded beliefs," the PMO said in another tweet.

Modi also presented to the President a wooden chest with intricate inlay pattern that is a specialty of Hoshiarpur in Punjab.

The PM also gifted a hamper containing a traditional, handcrafted Himachali silver bracelet, tea and honey from Kangra valley to the First Lady. He also presented her hand-woven shawls from Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.

Trump gave Modi a guided tour of President's residence quarters in White House including Lincoln bedroom. He showed the PM a copy of President Lincoln's famous Gettysburg address and the desk on which he wrote it. 

Photographs: PMO India/Twitter

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