The new Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad is set to welcome US President Donald Trump with Prime minister Narendra Modi playing host and over a lakh people expected in the arena for the ‘ Namaste Trump’ event.
‘Namaste Trump‘ will be similar to the landmark ‘Howdy, Modi!’ event hosted by the Indian-American community in honor of Prime Minister Modi during his visit to Houston in September 2019.
A packed stadium will greet Trump and Modi when they reach the venue today after a 22 km’s roadshow that will take them to Sabarmati Ashram en route. The Us president has in his tweets showed that he is looking forward to the big public reception planned for him in Ahmedabad.
“I look forward to being with the people of India. We are going to have many millions and millions of people. It’s a long trip. I get along very well with Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi. He is a friend of mine,” Trump told reporters outside the White House.
“I had committed to this trip a long time ago. I look forward to it. I hear it’s going to be a big event..the biggest event they ever had in India. That’s what the Prime Minister told me. It’s the biggest event they ever had. It’s going to be very exciting. I am going to be there for one night,” said the US President in acknowledgment of a question.
From Ahmedabad, the US president will proceed to Agra to have a sight of the iconic Taj Mahal. The Trump family will spend about an hour at the Taj Mahal before dusk. Then they will leave for Delhi for the main leg of the visit.
On the morning of February 25, Trump and the First Lady would be accorded a ceremonial welcome at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
From there, they would go to Rajghat to pay tribute to the ‘samadhi’ of Mahatma Gandhi.
It would be followed by restricted and delegation-level talks between Trump and Modi at Hyderabad House. Prime Minister Modi would host a lunch for the US president following the bilateral talks.
In the afternoon, Trump is expected to attend certain private events at the US Embassy, including a roundtable with industry delegates.
In the evening, the US president will meet President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
A banquet will be hosted by Kovind. President Trump would depart from India later that evening.
In their talks on Tuesday, Trump and Prime Minister Modi are likely to focus on a wide variety of bilateral and regional concerns including trade and investment, defense and security, counter-terrorism, energy security, religious freedom, proposed peace deal with Taliban in Afghanistan and situation in the Indo-Pacific, according to Indian and US officials.
Trump’s visit to India comes at a time when the country has been witnessing widespread protests against a new citizenship law and strain in New Delhi’s ties with Islamabad over the Kashmir issue.