"I arrived here just a few hours ago after travelling over 15,000 kilometres in more than 24 hours. And because of your love and enthusiasm, I did not feel at all that I am outside India," he said in Hindi.
Praising the organisers of the "Yoga for Peace" event, he said it was hard to think of a better name.
"Yoga is India's gift to the world for health, wellness and peace. It connects us with wellness and happiness.
"Yoga is bridging the vast distance between India and Argentina. It is connecting the two countries and their people," Prime Minister Modi said.
While Argentina has a keen interest in India's art, music and dance, there are lakhs of fans of Argentine soccer players in our country. Maradona's name has become part of our daily conversations and sayings, Prime Minister Modi said.
He also congratulated Argentina's hockey team for winning their first match of the Hockey World Cup being held in Odisha.
"It's a matter of pride and happiness for us that Argentina is hosting the G-20 summit. Issues such as global economy, sustainable development, climate change, and fugitive economic offenders will be discussed during the summit. These are in the interest of the entire world, and not just India and Argentina," he said.
The UN General Assembly in 2014 overwhelmingly adopted a draft resolution, declaring June 21 as International Yoga Day. A record 177 countries co-sponsored the resolution.
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