Ban called on Swaraj in the evening here yesterday at the Manhattan hotel where the Indian leader is staying. He warmly greeted her with a "Namaste, kya haal chaal hain" as he shook her hands.
Ban, accompanied by senior UN officials, congratulated Swaraj on the commemoration of the first International Day of Yoga.
"I am also very much excited," he said.
The UN chief told her that the world body had been observing many international days on various themes but the excitement and enthusiasm for the yoga day is unprecedented.
"(There is) a lot of enthusiasm. We have been observing many international days on something but this one (yoga day) is unprecedented, most exciting," he said.
Ban said he had been told that nearly two billion people would have participated in the yoga day across the world by the end of June 21.

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