US President Donald Trump in Delhi: Key points

Kusum Tewari

NEW DELHI: US President
Donald Trump held extensive talks with Prime Minister
Narendra Modi during the second-leg of his two-day visit to India. On day 2 of his visit, the US President started his day with a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhawan. Trump was then welcomed at the Hyderabad House where he held discussions with PM Modi. Later, he visited Mahatma Gandhi memorial Raj Ghat.

Here is a look at the key developments from day two of Trump’s visit —
Indo-US ties people-driven, people-centric: PM Modi

  • This is the fifth meeting between me and President Trump in the last eight months. The unprecedented and historic welcome of President Trump at Motera yesterday will always be remembered.
  • It was clear once again that indo-us ties are not just one between two governments but is people-driven and people-centric.
  • The people-to-people contact forms the foundation of the special India-US friendship. Wether it is professional or students, Indian diaspora has a special role to play in the US.
  • In the last three years, there has been a double-digit growth in bilateral trade and it has achieved stability as well.
  • At the global level, the corporation between India and the US is based on our mutual democratic values and objectives. This partnership plays an important role in the rule-based international order in Indo-Pacific and global commons.

Visit has been unforgettable, extraordinary and productive: Trump

  • Melania and I have been awed by the majesty of India and the exceptional generosity and kindness of the Indian people. We will always remember the magnificent welcome the citizens of your home state (of PM Modi) showed us upon arrival.
  • We discussed 5G telecom technology, situation in Indo-Pacific
  • We finalised defence deals worth $3 billion
  • Visit has been unforgettable, extraordinary and productive

Talks at Hyderabad House

  • President Trump held extensive talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi covering the entire spectrum of bilateral ties, including the key areas of defence, security, and trade and investment.
  • During their talks at the Hyderabad House, the two leaders are also expected to deliberate on regional issues, including the US’ proposed peace deal with the Taliban, the situation in the Indo-Pacific, the threat of terrorism and the situation in the Gulf region.
  • After the talks, the two sides will seal defence deals worth around $3 billion.
  • The deals will include procurement of 24 MH-60 Romeo helicopters by India from the US at $2.6 billion. Another contract to acquire six AH-64E Apache helicopters for $800 million from the US is also on the table.

Trumps pay homage at Raj Ghat

  • US President Donald Trump, accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, on Tuesday, visited Raj Ghat here and paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi. They also laid a wreath at the Gandhi samadhi.
  • Trump also wrote in the visitor’s book at Raj Ghat. Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri was seen standing beside him.
  • Trump and the First Lady also planted a tree at Raj Ghat.

Ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan

  • In the morning, US President and the First Lady arrived at the Rashtrapati Bhavan for ceremonial welcome, where they were greeted by President Ram Nath Kovind, his wife and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A guard of honour was presented to the US President at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

On Monday, the Trumps arrived in Ahmedabad around noon for the first leg of their 36-hour India visit. The US president was feted at the world’s largest cricket stadium in the “Namaste Trump” event and was cheered by tens of thousands of people. From Ahmedabad, he and his delegation travelled to Agra where they visited the Taj Mahal. The US president arrived in the national capital around 7.30 pm on Monday.

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