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Feb 19, 2020
1:51PM

US President Trump says he is looking forward to his India visit

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US President Donald Trump has praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said he is looking forward to his visit to India. Talking to media persons at Joint Base Andrews in Washington last night, Mr Trump said he likes Prime Minister Modi a lot. On Indo-US trade deal, Mr Trump said, the two countries are going to sign a major bilateral trade package but he is really saving the big deal for later. The US President said, he does not know if it will be done before the US presidential election in November. Mr Trump is scheduled to visit India on February 24 and 25.

US President Donald Trump will be welcomed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Sardar Patel international airport, Ahmedabad on his arrival on 24th February. According to official sources, President Trump will be given guard of honor at the airport on his arrival. After reaching Ahmedabad Airport, President Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will first visit Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram.

After the brief visit of Sabarmati Ashram, they will reach newly built world’s largest Motera Stadium for the main function Namaste Trump. AIR Ahmedabad correspondent reports that preparations in connection with the visit of US President is in full swing. Though the people of Ahmedabad had witnessed the visits of Chinese President and Japanese Prime Minister in recent past, but the visit of US President is much different from previous. The people of Ahmedabad are eagerly waiting to welcome the US President Donald Trump and US first lady Melania from Airport to Motera Stadium.

According to Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner Vijay Nehra, 1.20 lakh people are likely to attend the Namaste Trump -function at Motera Stadium, while around 2 lakh people are expected to gather during the high profile roadshow from Airport to Motera Stadium. Two control rooms have been set up to monitor the roadshow and Namaste Trump- function. Though the President and Prime Minister will use the limited route for their roadshow, the big hoardings- welcoming them and marking Namaste Trump event have emerged all over the city. Public broadcaster Doordarshan will deploy 50 plus teams with 35-kilometer long fiber optic cable network for worldwide live coverage.

Ahead of US President Donald Trump’s two-day visit to India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that India is all set to accord a memorable welcome to him. Mr Modi said that the visit will further cement India-US relationship. He further stated that both countries share a common commitment to democracy and pluralism. Mr Modi said that both India and US are cooperating extensively on a wide range of issues. Further stating he emphasized that robust friendship between both the nations augurs well not only for citizens of both the countries but also for the entire world. AIR correspondent reports that Mr. Modi also spoke to the US President over the phone in which the Prime Minister said that millions of people are ready to welcome both Donald Trump and the first lady of USA Melania Trump on 24th of this month. Mr Trump in his recent tweet praised Mr Modi making a reference to their strong friendship bond.  

Ms Melania Trump as well, in her tweet said that she is excited about the India trip which will celebrate close ties between the USA and India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Texas, USA in September last year where he was welcomed in a grand Howdy Modi event. Speaking on the friendly relations of both the countries, Mr. Modi, in the event, also invited the American President to visit India.

During the visit, President Trump and the First Lady of the United States will attend official engagements in New Delhi and Ahmedabad and interact with a wide cross-section of Indian society. The Indo-US relationship has further evolved under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi and President Trump with significant progress in all areas including trade, defence, counter-terrorism, energy, coordination on regional and global issues as well as people-to-people ties.

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