Focus on reviewing bilateral ties, strengthening global partnership: MEA on Trump's visit

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Feb 20, 2020, 04.15 PM(IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump. Photograph:( Reuters )

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'Both the leaders are likely to spend around 36 hours together during Trump's visit,' Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said. 

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Thursday briefed the media on US President Donald's Trump upcoming visit to India. 

Kumar gave out the tentative itinerary of Trump's India visit, explaining that his trip will broadly have three segments, starting from the Gujarati city of Ahmedabad and ending in the national capital.

"It is US President's first visit to India, it will be a standalone visit," Kumar said. 

Kumar added that the visit will showcase the renewed intensity of interactions between the two leaders. 

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"Both the leaders are likely to spend around 36 hours together during Trump's visit," Kumar said. 

 According to the MEA briefing, the US president will reach Ahmedabad on February 24 and at noon he will head to the Motera stadium for the Namaste Trump event. 

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"The event is going to be similar to the 'Howdy Modi'," said Kumar. The event took place in Houston, Texas last year in the honour of PM Modi's visit to the United States. 

Kumar added that Trump will receive a welcome which will highlight India's rich and diverse culture.

"As many as 28 stages will be set up to showcase the diverse culture from India's various states," Kumar stated. 

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There is a mega roadshow in place for Trump's welcome.  

According to the tentative plan, the US president will emplane for Agra at around 15.30 pm IST. He sill spend a couple of hours in Agra after which he will leave for Delhi around 18.30 pm. 

"The Delhi leg of Trump's visit will be the main day of engagements," Kumar said. 

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Trump will get a ceremonial reception at 10 am in Delhi followed by him paying respects at the samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi. Delegation level talks will with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House will come next followed by the exchange of MoUs and the press statement.  

PM Modi will host a banquet lunch for President Trump. In the evening, the US president will meet President ram Nath Kovind who will host a banquet lunch for him in the evening. 

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Defence, counter-terrorism, trade, people-to-people connect are some issues that are likely to be tabled during the talks between the two leaders. 

"The visit will showcase progress in our relations, review bilateral ties and strengthen global partnership," Kumar stated.