Sydney, Nov 17 : Former Australian Test cricketer, who welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Allphones Arena in Olympic Park here today, said that India has been close to his heart.
"I would like to welcome Prime Minister of India, Namaste, welcome to Australia," Lee said.
"I first fell in love with India in 1994. It is very close to my heart, beautiful people," he added.
The Prime Minister, who arrived at the event to a rousing welcome, shook hands with former Indian cricketer Javagal Srinath and Australian umpire Simon Taufel prior to his address to the Indian Diaspora.