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Highlights: 'Path-breaking visit' says PM Modi as US Prez, first lady head home

On day 2 of Donald Trump's India visit, PM Modi and the US president Donald Trump sat down for talks covering an entire range from defence and security to energy strategic partnership and from trade to people to people ties.

By HT Correspondent | Updated: Feb 25, 2020 23:24 IST
Highlights: 'Path-breaking visit' says PM Modi as US Prez, first lady head home
US President Donald Trump with PM Modi at Hyderabad House, New Delhi, Feb 25, 2020.

A day after Donald Trump was lavishly welcomed by India, US President and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held extensive talks on several issues including trade and signed deals.

On his day 2 in India, US President Donald Trump started his day by attending a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi at 10 am, followed by a visit to Rajghat. The first lady Melania Trump visited a school in Delhi.

At the meeting held in New Delhi's Hyderabad House, Trump and Modi got down to business during the delegation-level talks. Besides the signing of the defence deals and at least five memorandum of understanding (MoUs) on issues ranging from natural gas, trade facilitation to civil nuclear cooperation, the two leaders also reviewed the global and regional situation and discussed ways to take forward bilateral relations.

Later the US President met CEOs of Indian companies, interacted with press at the US embassy and then attended a state banquet at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Here are the highlights of day 2 of President Trump's visit

10:40 PM IST

'Path-breaking': PM Modi on US President Trump's India visit

PM Modi thanks President Trump and the first lady for coming to India. "Thank you for coming to India. This visit has been a path-breaking one. We have covered great ground as far as strengthening bilateral relations are concerned. India-USA friendship benefits the people of our nations and the world," said the PM in a tweet.

In another tweet, the PM expressed delight that the Trumps saw different aspects of Indian culture and hospitality. The people of India welcomed them with immense warmth.

10:32 PM IST

US Prez Trump, first lady depart India

US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump departed India after their two-day India trip.

10:25 PM IST

PM Modi, Prez Trump hug each other

Prime Minister Modi was also present as President Trump and first lady left Rashtrapati Bhawan. The two leaders hugged each other.

10:17 PM IST

President Trump, first lady leave after state banquet

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump left after attending dinner banquet hosted by the President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

10:12 PM IST

Trump's visit has opened new chapter in India-US ties: President Kovind

The visit of US President Donald Trump to India has opened a new chapter of 'deep and abiding' ties between the two countries, President Ram Nath Kovind said in his remarks at the banquet hosted in the honour of the visiting dignitary on Tuesday.

"Your (President Trump) visit and the grace of the First Lady have won you millions of admirers in India. Your visit has, indeed, opened a new chapter of our ties," Kovind remarked.

Calling President Trump "a friend of India in every sense", President Kovind said

"Time and again, you have shown your affection towards us in the most spectacular manner, whether by lighting the Diwali lamp at the White House, by jointing our Prime Minister on stage to celebrate our partnership in Houston or mesmerising our people by your address at the Moteral stadium yesterday."

10:25 PM IST

Coriander shorba, spiced salmon, malpua roll on menu at state banquet

Lemon grass and coriander shorba, spiced salmon and malpua rabri roll on the menu at state banquet hosted by President Kovind for US President.

08:20 PM IST

Trumps meet PM Modi, vice president, others

The Trumps met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and other Union Ministers at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

08:20 PM IST

Elaborate menu for Trumps

An elaborate menu that includes multiple vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies has been prepared for the visiting dignitaries, reports ANI.

07:49 PM IST

US president, first lady arrive at Rashtrapati Bhawan

US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have arrived at the Rashtrapati Bhawan for the state banquet being hosted by President Ram Nath Kovind and his wife Savita Kovind.

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US president Trump and his wife Melania Trump with President Ram Nath Kovind and first lady at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
08:20 PM IST

Trumps to attend state banquet at Rashtrapati Bhawan

President Trump's last official engagement in India is the state banquet hosted by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

06:13 PM IST

'We are being charged large amount of tariffs'

On India-US trade issue, Trump earlier said, "We are being charged large amount of tariffs...I think you have to pay the highest tariff when you deal with India, Harley-Davidson has to pay tremendous tariffs when they send motorcycles here and when India sends to us, there is virtually no tariff."

06:09 PM IST

'India has got a phenomenal future'

India is going to be a tremendous player in the next 50 years, economically they have a great potential. India has got a phenomenal future, especially with a leadership like PM Modi: Trump

06:06 PM IST

Want to leave that to India: Trump on CAA

On being asked again about CAA, Trump said, "Don't want to say anything on this. I want to leave that to India and hopefully they will make the right decision for their people."

05:53 PM IST

Trump again offers to mediate between India and Pakistan

On terror emanating from Pakistan, Trump said "We talked a lot about it at length today. No question it is a problem. They are working on it. I said I will do whatever I can do to help because my relationship with both gentlemen (PM Modi and Pak PM) is so good."

"I discussed it with PM Modi. Anything we can do to mediate, anything I an do to help, I will do it. Kashmir obviously is a big problem between India and Pakistan, they are going to work out their problem.

We discussed terrorism at great length. PM Modi is a very calm man but he is a very tough man. He will take care of it(terrorism)": Trump

05:50 PM IST

It was a great compliment to our country: Trump on Ahmedabad visit

Nobody else got the kind of reception that we got, says Trump on Ahmedabad road show and Motera event. "It was a great compliment to our country".

First published: Feb 25, 2020 09:12 IST