Modi gifts Obama his book; gets a `thank you` in return

United States has denied visa to Gujarat Chief Minister on account of 2002 riots, but the White House did accept a book gifted by Narendra Modi to President Barak Obama recently.

Last Updated: May 19, 2011, 00:34 AM IST

Ahmedabad: United States has denied visa to
Gujarat Chief Minister on account of 2002 riots, but the White
House did accept a book gifted by Narendra Modi to President Barak Obama recently .

Obama thanked Modi for the book -- authored by the Chief
Minister himself -- in a letter that arrived a couple of days
ago, official sources said on Wednesday.

Modi had sent the book, `Convenient Action: Gujarat
Initiatives`, to Obama last month.
This is seen as an attempt by Modi to reach out to the
Obama administration. Modi was denied visa by the US
government in 2005 for his alleged inaction during the
2002 riots.

"Obama has accepted the gift and sent a letter of thanks
to the Chief Minister," officials said.

As per the state government`s release, the letter, signed
by Obama, says: "Dear Chief Minister Modi, I would like to
extend my deepest thanks and appreciation for your kind gift."
As our two nations work to address the new and complex
challenges facing our world, I am hopeful about what our
countries can accomplish together."

The book is about steps taken by Modi`s government to
tackle the climate change, and the solutions implemented in
the state.

PTI