US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will aim to expand India-US global partnership in their extensive talks on Tuesday, a day after both lavished praise on each other and vowed to script a better future for people of the two democracies.
Trump, accompanied by his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner and top brass of his administration, arrived in Ahmedabad around noon on Monday for a nearly 36-hour-long maiden visit to India.
The US president was feted at the Motera cricket stadium — world’s largest — in the massive “Namaste Trump” event and was cheered by tens of thousands of people as Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited him to address them.
On Tuesday morning, 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 homage at 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 talks.
In the afternoon, Trump is expected to attend certain private events at the US Embassy, including a roundtable with industry representatives.
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 on Tuesday evening.
Tuesday’s likely talks between PM Modi and Donald Trump
On Monday, In his address at the Namaste Trump rally at Motera stadium in Ahmedabad, the US president announced that deals to sell state-of-the-art military helicopters and other equipment worth over $3 billion will be sealed on Tuesday.
The deals mentioned by Trump will include the procurement of 24 MH-60 Romeo helicopters by India from the US at a cost of $2.6 billion. Another contract to acquire six AH-64E Apache helicopters for $800 million from the US is also on the table.
Tuesday’s talks between Modi and Trump are likely to send across a clear message of growing congruence of interests between India and the US on major geopolitical developments in the region and beyond, particularly when China has been expanding its military and economic clout.
However, the talks between the two leaders are unlikely to produce tangible outcome in resolving thorny issues like trade tariffs.
In their talks, Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are likely to focus on a wide variety of bilateral and regional issues including trade and investment, defence and security, counter-terrorism, H1B, energy security, religious freedom, proposed peace deal with Taliban in Afghanistan and situation in the Indo-Pacific, according to Indian and US officials.
First Lady Melania Trump to witness ‘happiness curriculum’ at Delhi school, interact with students
US First Lady Melania Trump will interact with students at a Delhi government school and witness various activities conducted as part of the ‘happiness curriculum’ on Tuesday, sources said.
All roads leading to the school have been fortified, with trees being pruned according to the directions of the security agencies.
According to the sources, Melania Trump will reach the school in south Delhi around noon and spend over an hour there.
During the visit, she is likely to undertake a tour of the school, go to different classes, interact with the students and witness different activities being conducted as part of the ‘happiness curriculum’, they said.
Civic body officials said roads have been repaired, sidewalks freshly painted and saplings planted in the vicinity of the school.
Trees along the route which will be taken by the US First Lady to reach the school have been trimmed according to the directions issued by the security agencies, they said.
Melania Trump arrived in India on Monday with US President Donald Trump, who is on a two-day visit to the country.
The US First Lady will visit the school solo.
CM Kejriwal, his deputy not invited
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia were earlier scheduled to welcome her at the school and brief her about the ‘happiness class’.
However, the US Embassy communicated to the city administration on Saturday that names of Kejriwal and Sisodia do not figure in the list of invitees for the event.
Expressing anguish over the exclusion of the names of the two leaders from the list, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said it is a “protocol” and “convention” that state leaders are present when any foreign leader attends events in their states.
The party alleged that the names of Kejriwal and Sisodia were dropped at the behest of the BJP-led central government.
US Embassy has no objection to Kejriwal, Sisodia’s presence
The US Embassy on Sunday clarified that it did not have any objection to the presence of Kejriwal and Sisodia during Melania Trump’s school visit.
Sisodia, who is also Delhi’s education minister, has said he would have loved to receive the US First Lady at the school but respected the concerns raised by the US Embassy over it.
“It is a matter of great pride for Delhi government, Delhi government teachers and students that First Lady Melania Trump is visiting a Delhi government school,” he said in a statement.
“It is a big appreciation for us that the work of AAP government in education sector, especially Happiness Classes, is being recognised in the world,” he said.
The Delhi government introduced the ‘happiness curriculum’ in July 2018.
As part of the curriculum, students studying in classes I-VIII in Delhi government schools attend a 45-minute ‘happiness class’ every day, participating in activities like storytelling, meditation and question and answer sessions.
For nursery and kindergarten students, the classes are held twice a week.
(With PTI inputs)
Source – India Today