"It is normal diplomatic practice that when we discuss any engagement which may entail any meal or any other food... for the host to request and for the guest, that is the Indian side, to indicate what are the dietary preferences.

"And let me assure you that those dietary preferences have been indicated to the host and they have taken note of it and have prepared everything accordingly," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said here on Tuesday.

According to sources, the 64-year-old Prime Minister has been keeping the fast for many years during Navratri and this year will be no exception.

He will be taking "fruits and lime-water" during his US stay, which coincides with the festival in the honour of Goddess Durga this year, they said.

Navratri falls this year from September 25 to October 3.

However, PMO sources had already clarified that his fast won't impact on any engagements he will have during his official visit to the US.

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