With less than 24 hours left in the much touted United States President Donald Trump’s India visit, host Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said India looks forward to welcoming US President Donald Trump.
PM Modi took to Twitter and said, “India looks forward to welcoming POTUS @realDonaldTrump. It is an honour that he will be with us tomorrow, starting with the historic programme in Ahmedabad.”
It is an honour that he will be with us tomorrow, starting with the historic programme in Ahmedabad! https://t.co/fAVx9OUu1j
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 23, 2020
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani also tweeted a welcome note for the US President and greeted, “entire Gujarat speaks in one voice –NamasteTrump.”
The US President, his wife, daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner along with a large delegation are visiting India on February 24 and 25.
The US first couple will spend the first day of the trip in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad and Uttar Pradesh’s Agra before moving to Delhi for official reception and bilateral talks.
The US on Saturday officially confirmed that a 12-person delegation will accompany President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania during their two-day trip to India on Monday.
The delegation includes Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady, Robert Blair, Assistant to President and Special Representative for International Telecommunication Policy and Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff, US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette, Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien.
Senior Advisor for Policy Stephen Miller, White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino, Chief of Staff to the First Lady Lindsay Reynolds, Special Representative for International Telecommunication Policy Robert Blair, and White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham are also part of the delegation.
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who has been negotiating a trade deal with India, is not travelling with Trump on the India trip. In fact, he had cancelled his earlier trip to India as well.
In Ahmedabad, President Trump will address the ‘Namaste Trump’ event jointly with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the newly built Motera cricket stadium. After the event, the US President and the First Lady will visit Agra, where they will spend about an hour at the Taj Mahal before the sunset. President Trump will then depart for Delhi.
On the morning of February 25, Trump and the First Lady will be accorded a ceremonial welcome at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. From there, they will go to Rajghat to pay homage at the ‘samadhi’ of Mahatma Gandhi.
It will be followed by restricted and delegation-level talks between Trump and Modi at Hyderabad House.
Prime Minister Modi will host a lunch for the US president following the talks.