Fre­quent Flyer

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Hav­ing just re­turned from Europe only to take off for Kaza­khstan, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi will once again be leav­ing on his jet­plane, this time for a June 26 meet­ing with Don­ald Trump in Wash­ing­ton DC. Pic­tures of the prime min­is­ter walk­ing hand in hand with Rus­sian leader Vladimir Putin and clasp­ing the new French Pres­i­dent, Em­manuel Macron, in a lin­ger­ing em­brace be­came an in­ter­net meme. Trump too has had a num­ber of odd phys­i­cal en­coun­ters with for­eign lead­ers. Their hand­shake will be one for the ages. Like Trump, Modi uses body lan­guage to project confidence. Un­like Trump, Modi has taken to the world stage with gusto, fly­ing to dozens of coun­tries in his time in of­fice and re­ceiv­ing warm wel­comes.

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FOR­EIGN TRIPS BE­TWEEN JUNE 15, 2014, AND MAY 12, 2017; 123 DAYS SPENT ABROAD, OVER 10% OF HIS TEN­URE SO FAR

340,000

KILO­ME­TRES FLOWN, OR NEARLY 9 TIMES AROUND THE WORLD

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IN­DI­VID­UAL COUN­TRIES VIS­ITED

4

VIS­ITS TO THE US, THE MOST MADE TO ANY COUN­TRY. IF HIS MOST RE­CENT TRIPS ARE IN­CLUDED, FRANCE AND RUS­SIA HAVE BEEN VIS­ITED THREE TIMES EACH

55

DAYS MODI STAYED ABROAD IN HIS FIRST YEAR AS PM

`275 CRORE

SPENT ON FLIGHTS UP TO SEPTEM­BER 2016. THE PMO HAS NOT RE­PORTED THE MORE RE­CENT BILLS YET

`31.3 CRORE

AIR COSTS FOR ONE 8-DAY TRIP IN APRIL 2015 TO FRANCE, GER­MANY AND CANADA

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TRIPS UP­COM­ING BE­TWEEN JUNE 25 AND JULY 8, TO THE US, IS­RAEL, GER­MANY

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