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Jaishankar-Bill Gates Meeting: Books Exchanged

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S Jaishankar, the minister of external affairs, met Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft. On Thursday, the two leaders exchanged books as well.

Mr. Jaishankar shared a picture of Gates and himself posing for a photo with their respective books on X.

“A good book exchange with @BillGates. And a great conversation,” S Jaishankar wrote.

Bill Gates, who is on a visit to India, arrived in Odisha’s capital, Bhubaneswar, on Tuesday.

After visiting Odisha, Mr. Gates traveled to the nation’s capital and met Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya.

In an interview, Mr. Gates expressed his optimism for India’s bright future and noted that the nation has made significant progress in many important areas.

When asked whether he is bullish or bearish on India’s future, Bill Gates said, “I’m certainly bullish. The rate of improvement in a lot of the key areas is very strong. Everyone knows that in vaccines, India is the world’s leader. So we are investing with our partners here to come up with lots of new vaccines. The diagnostic industry has also come out with some work after the pandemic so we are partnering there as well.”

Lauding Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership in introducing digital public infrastructure and transforming the country’s rural economy, Bill Gates said that other countries can certainly benefit from the Indian leadership.

“This idea of digital connections that starts with Aadhaar and the bank accounts that you manage digitally, that’s flourishing. And so we see in agriculture now that they are registering the farmers and giving them advance notice. And so Indian leadership is something other countries should benefit from,” he said.”

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