President Obama’s trip to India

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New Delhi: The much-awaited maiden visit of US President Barack Obama to India will begin from Mumbai on November 6.

The US President will leave Washington on November 5 and arrive in Mumbai on November 6, the White House has announced. Releasing the itinerary of Obama, it said, ‘’The US regards India as the cornerstone of its Asia policy, and is, therefore, attaching great importance to President Barack Obama’s four-day visit to India in the first week of November.’’

Obama’s first stop in the financial capital of the country will be Taj Hotel, the target of 26/11 terrorist attack, where he would commemorate victims of the attack, lay wreath at Police Gymkhana and meet survivors of the terror attack.

After his visit to the Gandhi Museum, he will then meet leaders of the Indian industry at the US-India Business Council on November 7 and stay overnight at the Taj Hotel.

On November 7, Obama will join in the Diwali celebration at a Mumbai School after which the US President would also deliver a speech on democracy at the Town Hall and interact with University students.

Obama would reach New Delhi on the evening of November 7, and his first stop would be the Humayan’s tomb.

Later, the President and the First Lady will have a private dinner with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife at the latter’s official residence.

The US President would also meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi and attend reception by US Ambassador at the Roosevelt House.

Next day, the President would pay homage at Rajghat, the memorial of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi.

Then the US President will have a bilateral meeting with Manmohan Singh, and a news conference is also expected after that.

Throughout the day, the President could have a number of meetings with other Indian officials, the schedule for which would be released later, when finalized. In the afternoon, Obama would address a joint session of the Parliament.

He would also call on President Pratibha Patil, and attend a Presidential Banquet same night and with that his trip to India comes to an end.
The US President will leave for Jakarta on the morning of November 9.

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