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Maskless Angela Merkel braves severe Delhi smog

(AFP Photo/Prakash SINGH)

NEW DELHI: German Chancellor Angela Merkel got a toxic welcome to India as Prime Minister Narendra Modi treated her to a military parade in New Delhi’s severely polluted air.

Ignoring medical advice to the choking megacity’s 20 million inhabitants, Merkel and Modi reviewed a guard of honour at the presidential palace without pollution masks.

As on similar ceremonies following a series of shaking spells earlier this year, Merkel, 65, sat for the national anthems. The European Union’s longest-serving leader is due to step down in 2021.

NEW DELHI, Nov 1, 2019 (AFP) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel got a toxic welcome to India on Friday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi treated her to a military parade in New Delhi’s severely polluted air.

Ignoring medical advice to the choking megacity’s 20 million inhabitants, Merkel and Modi reviewed a guard of honour at the presidential palace without pollution masks.

As on similar ceremonies following a series of shaking spells earlier this year, Merkel, 65, sat for the national anthems. The European Union’s longest-serving leader is due to step down in 2021.

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