No Donald Trump-Narendra Modi meet in Agra: Sources

Kusum Tewari

NEW DELHI: The government on Saturday refuted media reports suggesting an official engagement between senior dignitaries from the Indian side, including Prime Minister
Narendra Modi, and US President
Donald Trump during the latter’s visit to Agra on February 24 as part of his two-day visit to India.

“We have seen media reports regarding PM’s presence in Agra in connection with the visit of President Trump. No official engagements or presence of senior dignitaries from the Indian side is envisaged there,” official sources said.

The statement added that the purpose of the visit is to provide an opportunity to the US President and First Lady Melania Trump to “view the historical monument suitably.”

The officials said that the two leaders will meet in Ahmedabad and Delhi.

Trump’s official visit to India will begin in Ahmedabad at 12.30 p.m. on February 24. Thereafter Modi and Trump will arrive, around 2.20 pm, at the Motera cricket stadium to address an estimated audience of more than 1,00,000 people at the ‘Namaste Trump’ event.

From Ahmedabad, the Trump couple will leave for Agra the same day.

In Delhi, Trump and the First Lady will be accorded a ceremonial welcome at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan on February 25. From there, they will go to Rajghat to pay homage at the ‘samadhi’ of Mahatma Gandhi. It will be followed by restricted and delegation-level talks between Trump and Modi at Hyderabad House.

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