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Apple chief executive Tim Cook leaves the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai on May 18, 2016. AFP

Apple chief executive Tim Cook met on Saturday with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is seeking the tech giant’s support for his “Digital India” initiative focusing on e-education, health and increasing farmers’ incomes.

A government statement said Modi and Cook also discussed cybersecurity and data encryption in New Delhi. Modi suggested that Cook help the global community cope with the challenges of cybercrime.

Cook, who arrived in India on Tuesday and is winding down his visit, shared with Modi his company’s plans for the country.

The statement said he spoke of the potential for the manufacturing and retailing of Apple products in India, and the possibilities for app development in the country.

Apple does not currently have any stores and has just a 2 percent share of the smartphone market in India, one of the world’s fastest-growing smartphone markets.

Cook, shown in a video using the premier’s gold-colored iPhone, launched an update to the Narendra Modi Mobile App to include a new volunteering network.

“Thank you @tim_cook! Friends, welcome & happy volunteering. Your views & efforts are always enriching,” the prime minister tweeted afterwards.