Modi hugs US President, personally welcomes Obama couple!!

25 Jan, 2015 10:01 IST|Sakshi
Modi hugs US President, personally welcomes Obama couple!!

New Delhi: Air Force One carrying US President Barack Obama,  arrived in Delhi on Sunday.

In a departure from protocol, Prime Minister Narendra Modi received Obama, who was accompanied by his wife Michelle and a high-level delegation, at the Palam airport. Modi and Obama hugged each other, reflecting their personal chemistry. Obama will be the first US President to grace the Republic Day parade as the Chief Guest.

In this three-day-visit US and India will seek to break the deadlock in operationalising the civil nuclear pact, firm up a defence cooperation agreement besides broadening ties in areas like trade and investment.

 

Obama's Sunday Schedule:

  • The presidential entourage would then drive down to the ITC Maurya, where the US first couple would be staying.
  • At noon, the US president would be accorded a ceremonial reception at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan, during which Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be present.
  • At 12.30 p.m., Obama would go to the Raj Ghat to lay a wreath at the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. He would also plant a sapling at the venue.
  • At 1 p.m., Obama will attend a luncheon meeting with Modi at Hyderabad House.
  • At 2.15 p.m., the two sides are to hold delegation-level talks at Hyderabad House and at 3.05 p.m., the two leaders would address the media at the Ballroom of the venue.
  • At 7.30 p.m., Obama would call on President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan and attend the banquet hosted by the president at 8 p.m.
  • The banquet would see some special cuisine dished up for the US president and formal speeches by the two presidents.
  • In between the Hyderabad House talks and his visit to Rashtrapati Bhavan, Obama is to head back to the hotel and meet the staff of the US mission here.
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