The Prime Minister said on his Facebook page that he had a very fruitful meeting with Sandberg. The Facebook Chief Operating Officer called on Modi to discuss her ideas about connectivity.

Describing himself as an avid user of social media, Modi said on his page that ‘a platform such as Facebook can be used for governance and better interaction between the people and governments’.

“I also talked about how Facebook can be used to bring more tourists to India,” he said.

Sandberg is on her first visit to India after becoming COO of the world's most popular social networking site.

"He told us how he believes that direct communication with people all over the world is critical to effective governance and he plans to continue using Facebook and other social media to communicate with the people of India and the world," she wrote on her Facebook page after the meeting.
“Digital diplomacy can change national and international dialogues and that is why Modi plans to champion the free and open Internet on the world stage," she wrote in her post.

Sandberg, who is on a five-day visit, met Modi along with Facebook's Global Public Policy Vice President Marne Levine and India Head of Public Policy Ankhi Das.

Sandberg, who had visited India in 1991 as part of a World Bank health initiative, said it was ‘special’ to be back. During her visit, she met small and medium enterprises and large businesses to discuss opportunities to leverage Facebook as an important business tool.

"India is important to the global economy, as well as to Facebook, and we look forward to working together on to bring the next billion people online," she said.
Sandberg added that access to the Internet would create more economic, social and political opportunities for the people of India.


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