Modi and Najib cement ties with 'Torana Gate'

Modi and Najib cement ties with 'Torana Gate'
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KUALA LUMPUR: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak jointly inaugurated the "Torana Gate" - a symbol of the strong ties between India and Malaysia - at Little India in Brickfields on Monday.

Thousands of people cheered for Modi when he arrived with Najib at the gate.

The gate - a gift from the Indian government to Malaysia - is a mark of continued friendship between the two countries. Its construction was first announced by former Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in 2010 and its installation was done by developer MRCB Engineering Sdn Bhd.

The gate is identical to the "Great Stupa" in Sanchi, India.

It stands about 10m high and 7.3m wide and its main structure is covered with sandstone sculptured blocks made in India with animal and floral motifs.

Modi wrapped up his three-day visit to Malaysia said the gate "will be a milestone in our relations".

"The Torana Gate is not just a symbol that links both countries but also highlights the rich traditions of the people," he in his speech.

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