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Highlights: After Ahmedabad, Agra, Prez Trump in Delhi for 3rd leg of visit

Trump's India Visit Highlights: US president Donald Trump addressed the 'Namaste Trump' event in Ahmedabad's Motera sta stadium, visited Taj Mahal in Agra before leaving for New Delhi on the first day of his India visit.

By HT Correspondent | Updated: Feb 24, 2020 22:21 IST
Highlights: After Ahmedabad, Agra, Prez Trump in Delhi for 3rd leg of visit
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive at Air Force Station, Palam in New Delhi, Feb 24, 2020.

United States president Donald Trump began his maiden two-day India visit on Monday. Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania, daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner and top brass of his administration, arrived in Ahmedabad around 11.40 am for the first-leg of his trip.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the US president at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel international airport in Ahmedabad. The leaders then participated in ‘Namaste Trump’ rally at the Motera Stadium.

After attending the rally, Trump flew to Agra where he and the First Lady Melania Trump spent about an hour at the Taj Mahal before sunset. The delegation arrived in Delhi in the evening where Trump and PM Modi will hold talks on Tuesday.

01:59 PM IST

Trump begins Gujarat address with Namaste, says great honour to be in India

Donald Trump began his address at the Motera stadium with a Namaste. The US president also said that it is a great honour to be in India. The US President said that he was thankful to his "great friend Modi" to according a "beautiful welcome".

01:56 PM IST

Meaning of the name of the event 'Namaste' is very deep: PM

"The meaning of the name of the event 'Namaste' is very deep. This is a word from the oldest languages of the world - Sanskrit. It means that we pay respect to not only to the person but also to the divinity inside him," said PM Modi at 'Namaste Trump' event.

01:53 PM IST

US-India ties far greater, closer relationship: PM at 'Namaste Trump'

"India-US relations are no longer just another partnership. It is a far greater and closer relationship. One is 'land of the free' the other believes the world is one family. One feels proud of 'statue of liberty' the other feels proud of 'statue of unity'," said PM Modi at 'Namaste Trump' event.

01:49 PM IST

With ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ chants, PM Modi kicks off ‘Namaste Trump event

PM Modi kicked off the 'Namaste Trump' event with 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' chants. The Prime Minister said that US President has begun a "historic visit".

01:32 PM IST

Donald Trump, PM Modi arrive at Motera stadium

Donald Trump and PM Modi have arrived at the Motera stadium to attend the grand 'Namaste Trump' event.

The US President arrived at the venue with Elton John being played in the background at the Motera stadium.

01:25 PM IST

Large crowds cheer Trump-Modi roadshow in Ahmedabad

Amid tight security, US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a 22-km roadshow in Ahmedabad. After a brief stopover at Sabarmati Ashram, the Trumps and the Prime Minister headed to the Motera stadium.

01:05 PM IST

Motera: The stadium that will host Donald Trump

The Motera stadium will officially open for business today when US President Donald Trump inaugurates the venue on the banks of the Sabarmati.

The Sardar Patel Stadium -- or Motera, as it is simply known -- was first built in 1982 when the state government of Gujarat donated 50 acres of land for its construction. So far, Motera has held one T20I (Pakistan’s final international on Indian soil, played back in 2012), 12 Test matches and 24 ODIs -- the last of which, between India and Sri Lanka in November 2014, was also the final game it hosted before it closed for reconstruction.

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12:55 PM IST

US Prez, PM Modi head to Motera stadium for 'Namaste Trump' event

US President Trump along with the US delegation and PM Modi are on their Motera stadium for 'Namaste Trump' event.

Trump will be feted at a huge reception in a 1,10,000-seat cricket stadium in Ahmedabad. A huge crowd has filled the stadium, the world's biggest cricket ground.

12:44 PM IST

Much to gain from Trump-Modi friendship: Nikki Haley

Indian-American politician Nikki Haley has said that there is much to be gained from the friendship of US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"The US and India are the two largest democracies in the world and share many values. There is much to be gained by the friendship of Modi and Trump," the top Republican leader said in a tweet.

12:40 PM IST

Trumps spin charkha, sign visitors' book at Sabarmati Ashram

At Ahmedabad Ashram, the Trumps tried their hand on spinning the 'charkha'. Trump and first lady Melania Trump removed their shoes before entering the ashram for a tour personally led by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Trump signed the guest book, referring to Modi as “my great friend” and thanking him for a “wonderful visit.”

12:30 PM IST

US Prez Trump, PM Modi arrive at Sabarmati Ashram

US President Trump, First Lady Melania and PM Modi has arrived at Mahatma Gandhi's Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad. Trump is expected to spend about 15 minutes at the ashram.

12:28 PM IST

Trump's visit exemplifies a historic relationship, says government

Minutes after Trump's India touchdown, the government said the "first stand-alone visit by a US President to India exemplifies a historic relationship."

"This is the first stand-alone visit by a US President to India, exemplifying a historic relationship that has matured into a 21century global partnership," tweeted MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.

12:23 PM IST

Trump, Modi embark on 22-km roadshow in Ahmedabad

Donald Trump and PM Narendra Modi on Monday embarked on a 22-km- long roadshow from the Ahmedabad International Airport.

Trump, who is on a two-day India visit, landed at the Airport at 11.37 am.

12:15 PM IST

Donald Trump enroute Sabarmati Ashram

US President Donald Trump has left the Ahmedabad airport for the iconic Sabarmati Ashram. Three chairs have been set up under a tree on the Sabarmati riverside for Trump, the first lady and Modi. Trump is expected to spend about 15 minutes at the ashram, going round the complex and visiting the humble home in which Mahatma Gandhi lived.

12:10 PM IST

Dancers, artists at airport to give colourful welcome to the Trumps

Dancers and artists were present at the airport and several of them lined the road US President's cavalcade was travelling by to accord a colourful welcome to the Trumps.

First published: Feb 24, 2020 08:36 IST