Trump's Air Force One lands in Ahmedabad, to embark on roadshow with PM Modi shortly (Photo Credit: Twitter)
New Delhi :
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived at Ahmedabad’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport around 11:30 am on Monday. Folk dancers and other dignitaries were seen welcoming the US President. Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke the protocol to receive Trump at the tarmac. In the first leg of their two-day visit to India, Trump and the First Lady will participate in ‘Namaste Trump’ event at Motera Stadium today. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani also accompanied Pm Modi to welcome India’s special guests. Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump was seen wearing a flower printed, summery dress. She stood along with the American delegation. Namaste Trump LIVE UPDATES
Over 10,000 police personnel, besides officials of the United States Secret Service, and personnel of the National Security Guards (NSG) and the Special Protection Group (SPG) have been deployed for the high profile visit. PM Modi will accompany Trump to the Sabarmati Ashram, which was home to Mahatma Gandhi from 1917-1930 during India's freedom struggle. There will be a cultural extravaganza at the Motera stadium during the 'Namaste Trump' event, where Trump and Modi will address the gathering. Bollywood singer Kailash Kher and some Gujarati folk singers will perform at the stadium, officials of the Gujarat Cricket Association said. Students of various government and private schools have also been roped in to perform at cultural events and they have been practicing for days, an official said.