French president Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to greet each other in the time of COVID-19 with India’s folded-hands Namaste gesture when the two leaders met at the Fort of Bregancon in southern France.

It was Macron who first leaned forward with folded hands to welcome the German Chancellor at his summer residence, who reciprocated with the same namaste gesture.

The two leaders will discuss the ongoing coronavirus pandemic besides unrest in Belarus and Turkey.

Earlier, United States President Donald Trump and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chose Namaste over handshake to set an example of social distancing to prevent the COVID-19 infection.

“Just avoid shaking hands as I do. You can try to implement the Indian system of Namaste or say another word like shalom, but find a way, any way of not shaking hands,” Netanyahu had said.

Again in March, Trump was seen greeting Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar with the Namaste gesture.

“We did not shake hands today. We looked at each other and said what we are going to do. You know, sort of a weird feeling,” Trump had said.

In the same month, 71-year-old Prince Charles was also captured greeting people with a Namaste gesture in London.