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Trump arrives in Delhi; to meet Prez, PM today

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Utkarsh Mishra
Last updated on: February 25, 2020 00:33 IST
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United States President Donald Trump arrived in the national capital on Monday evening for the main leg of his maiden India trip during which he will hold extensive talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Trump is accompanied by wife Melania, daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner and top brass of his administration.

Trump was received at the airport here by Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and a number of senior officials.

The Trumps were accorded a traditional welcome as they checked into the ITC Maurya hotel in the national capital on Monday night.

The US President, who reached Delhi after attending the Namaste Trump event at Ahmedabad and visited the Taj Mahal, is staying at the Grand Presidential Suite of the five-star property located in the Diplomatic Enclave in Chanakyapuri.

Sources said he was given a traditional welcome with flowers and 'teeka' and he entered the hotel along with his family through its back entrance in view of security threat.

He had dinner around 9 pm, they said. The entire hotel has been done up in a way to reflect the 'Namaste Trump' tagline and also the branding of ITC Maurya, the logo of which is 'Namaste'.

All the rooms of the hotel have been booked for the US delegates accompanying Trump for his 36-hour-long maiden visit to India.

The hotel is under a heavy security cover with personnel from Delhi Police and US Secret Service working in close coordination to ensure the security of POTUS and his family.

He has joined the likes of former US presidents George W Bush, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, who have stayed at the 438-room property during their visit to India.

The US president arrived in Ahmedabad around noon for a little less than 36-hour-long trip to India.

He will be accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday morning.

Trump will also pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.

Modi and Trump will later hold restricted and delegation level talks at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

IMAGES: US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive at the AFS Palam in New Delhi, on Monday. Photographs: Subhav Shukla/PTI Photo
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