Obama embarks on India trip

Washington: US President Barack Obama will leave Andrews Air Force Base on Saturday evening for his highly anticipated three-day landmark trip to India on an invitation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

Obama will be accompanied by a sizable delegation which will include several top officials, as well as First Lady Michelle Obama, when he arrives in New Delhi on Sunday morning, the White House has said. 

The president will be joined in India by multiple members of his cabinet, influential business leaders and a host of US lawmakers, including Nancy Pelosi, the minority leader of the US House of Representatives during the trip. 

Air Force One, the presidential aircraft which will fly Obama to India, will have a brief refuelling halt over Ramstein in Germany and will touch down in Delhi at 10am on Sunday at Air Force Station, Palam. 

On his arrival, Obama will be accorded a ceremonial welcome at about 12 noon at the majestic Rashtrapati Bhawan by President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Thereafter, he will pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi at the Rajghat at 12.40 pm and participate in a tree planting event there. 

Obama will then join Modi for a restricted working lunch at the Hyderabad House and participate in a “walk and talk” with the Indian Prime Minister there at about 2.45 pm, the White House said. 

The two leaders will then have an expanded delegation level meeting, which is expected to last for about an hour. They will jointly address the press at about 4.10 pm. 

Later in the evening, Obama is scheduled to meet embassy personnel and families at ITC Maurya Hotel at 7.35 pm. He will then drive down to Rashtrapati Bhawan to attend the state dinner with President Pranab Mukherjee at 7.50 pm. 

On January 26, Obama will participate in the Republic Day celebration as the chief guest along with the First Lady. Later, the Obamas will attend a reception with Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhawan. 

In the afternoon, Obama and Modi will participate in a CEO forum roundtable and deliver remarks at a US-India Business Summit. 

On January 27 morning, the US President will give an address at Siri Fort Auditorium. The Obamas will leave for Agra to tour the Taj Mahal before their departure from New Delhi.

(With inputs from PTI)


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