Kyoto (Japan), Aug 31: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) informed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented a map of ‘historic Benares’ to Kyoto Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa during his meeting here on Sunday.
MEA official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said the signing of Kyoto-Varanasi partnership agreement was the first step towards the ties between the two sides and added the pact will further move ahead.
“Yesterday only an agreement has been signed so it’s the first step but when PM Modi met Kyoto Mayor and gave him a map of Benares which included the entire historic Varanasi and he said that we can learn many things from them. But it’s the first step,” he added.
Akbaruddin further said that the Kyoto Mayor gave a long presentation to Prime Minister Modi about how the city was developed as a smart, clean and green city.
Talking about Prime Minister Modi’s visit to CiRA (Center for iPS Cells Research and Application) at the Kyoto University, Akbaruddin said, “In his programme called Cutting Edge Science and Technology, the Prime Minister went to a Stem Cell Research Centre which is a part of Kyoto University and there a study was going on over Sickle Cell Anaemia that it affects tribals in few parts of India.”