US President Donald Trump will be discussing key issues with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and officials of the government on the second and main leg of his two days India visit. Donald Trump and Melania Trump arrived in India on Monday, Feb 24 and took a tour of Ahmedabad.
Trump was given a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Later he was scheduled to visit Rajghat. PM Modi and Trump will hold restricted and delegation-level talks at the Hyderabad House. Business is set to dominate the agenda between the two leaders today.
Trump- Modi talks
"Tomorrow in Delhi, we will lay a wreath, plant a tree at Raj Ghat in honour of this leader (Mahatma Gandhi) who is revered all around the world," Trump had said on Monday at a public event in Ahmedabad's Motera stadium.
PM Modi and Donald Trump addressed a mega event at the Motera cricket stadium where over 1 lakh people had gathered to witness the extravaganza. After visiting the Taj Mahal later on Monday evening, Trump landed in Delhi and checked in at ITC Maurya hotel.
India and the US will be signing a $3 billion defence deal that Donald Trump announced earlier. PM Modi will also be hosting the Trumps for lunch. Watch this space for more live updates.
'Modi a tough man, knows what he's doing': Trump
US President Donald J Trump interacting with business leaders in Delhi: It has been an honour to be here. You have a very special Prime Minister, he really knows what he is doing. He is a tough man. He has done a fantastic job. We work very closely together pic.twitter.com/NJ507uXLiu
— ANI (@ANI) February 25, 2020
CAA wasn't discussed in Modi-Trump meeting: FS Harsh Vardhan Shringla
Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said, "Issue of CAA didn't come up in the meeting. On religious freedom, there was an appreciation on both sides that pluralism and diversity are a common binding factor in both countries. Issues on cross-border terrorism, narcotics, financial accountability with regard to terrorism - in this context, concerns were put out on the table"
"We did share that there has been a great deal of positive developments in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). Focus is now on development. That things were leading up in the right direction. The appreciation that great deal has been done towards moving in that direction"
Trump has assured highest consideration to India for procurement, technology: FS
Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on US President's visit: PM & President said there was useful & comprehensive discussion on trade, there was an appreciation that it increased steadily year on year over the last few yrs, US exports to India had a fairly dramatic increase. pic.twitter.com/3ggewApduj
— ANI (@ANI) February 25, 2020
Trump interacts with business leaders in Delhi, Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani present
Lunch menu for US Prez Trump at Hyderabad House
PM Modi, Trump embrace each other after bilateral talks at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.
'We discussed the importance of a secure 5G wireless network': Trump
"Our teams have made tremendous progress for a comprehensive trade agreement and I'm optimistic we can reach a deal of great importance to both countries. Since I took office, US exports to India are up nearly 60% and exports of high-quality American energy have grown by 500%. During our visit, we discussed the importance of a secure 5G wireless network and the need for this emerging technology to be a tool for freedom, progress, prosperity, not to do anything with where it could be even conceived as a conduit for suppression and censorship."
Trump addresses joint briefing with PM Modi
"Earlier today we expanded our defence cooperation with agreements for India to purchase more than US$ 3 Bn of advanced American military equipment, including Apache & MH-60 Romeo Helicopters - finest in the world. These will enhance our joint defence capabilities,"
'Melania and I have been awed by the majesty of India': US Prez Donald Trump
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump says, "Melania and I have been awed by the majesty of India and the exceptional generosity and kindness of the Indian people. We will always remember the magnificent welcome the citizens of your home state (of PM Modi) showed us upon arrival."
'We have decided to increase our efforts to fight terror': PM Modi, Trump address joint briefing
"President Trump and I have met five times over the last 8 months. We are elevating our relationship to Comprehensive global strategic partnership level. We are increasing our cooperation in homeland security. We have decided to increase our efforts to fight terror to fight organised crime, drugs, narcotics cooperation will be stepped up."
'Strengthening defence ties between India-US, an important aspect of our partnership': PM Modi
"Today we discussed every important aspect of US-India partnership, be it defence and security, energy strategic partnership, trade or people to people ties. The strengthening in defence ties between India and US is an important aspect of our partnership."
US, India sign 3 agreements
1. MoU on mental health
2. MoU on the safety of medical products
3. Letter of cooperation between Indian oil corporation and Exxon and chart
Modi, Trump review Indo-US relations, hold press briefing
A joint press brief of India-United States is underway at the Hyderabad House
Delhi school students gift Madhubani paintings to Melania Trump
Students of Sarvodaya Co-Ed Senior Secondary School in Nanakpura, gift Madhubani paintings made by them to First Lady of the United States Melania Trump.
Melania Trump talks about her 'Be Best' initiative at Delhi school
First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump in Delhi said, "In the US, I work with children like you to promote similar ideas of well-being through my 'BE BEST' initiative. 3 pillars of 'BE BEST' include dangers of drug abuse, the importance of online safety and overall well-being of children.
'People love you here': Trump to Modi
At Hyderabad House, US President Donald Trump told Prime Minister Narendra Modi, "The last two days, especially yesterday at the stadium, it was a great honour for me. People were there maybe more for you (PM Modi) than for me. 125 thousand people were inside. Every time I mentioned you, they cheered more. People love you here."
Melania Trump interacts with Delhi school students, attends 'Happiness Class'
Melania Trump meets and interacts with students at Sarvodaya Co-Ed Senior Secondary School.
Melania will attend a session of the 'Happiness Class'
Melania will attend a session of the 'Happiness Class' at the Sarvodaya Co-Educational Senior Secondary School in Delhi.
.@FLOTUS will attend happiness class in our school today. Great day for our teachers, students and Delhiites. For centuries, India has taught spirituality to the world. Am happy that she will take back the msg of happiness from our school
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 25, 2020
Melania Trump reaches Delhi school
Melania Trump has reached Delhi school and the students are welcoming her with aarti and flowers.
PM Modi receives Trump, Melania Trump at Hyderabad House.
'Tremendous honour': Trump's note at Rajghat
US President Donald Trump left a visitor's note at Rajghat. In the note, dubbed his visit as "tremendous honour", hailing the vision of Mahatma Gandhi.