Obama arrives in India, hugs PM Modi

Sunday, January 25, 2015
 US President Barack Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama being warmly welcomed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi
[PHOTO: Special Arrangements] 
New Delhi: US President Barack Obama has arrived in India on Sunday morning for a three-day state visit. His aircraft, Air Force One, landed at the Air Force Station at Palam airport in national capital amid unprecedented security arrangements.

PM Modi greeted President Obama with a hug and the leaders shook hands, before the US President and his wife got into their special car, called the Beast, that had driven up to the tarmac.

PM Modi greeted President Obama with a hug on his arrival
[PHOTO: Special Arrangements] 

The car has both the US and the Indian flags on it today.

Thousands of security personnel have been deployed in Delhi along with some 15,000 security cameras, roadblocks and protective sandbag walls.

Mr Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will be the guest of honour at Monday's Republic Day celebrations.'

US President Barack Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama arrives at Palam Airport in New Delhi
[PHOTO: Special Arrangements] 

Later on Sunday, he will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and meet business leaders.

Barack Obama and the rest of them reach Hotel Maurya. The presidential couple will later head to the Rashtrapati Bhavan for a ceremonial reception at noon.Day One will see US President Barack Obama visit Rajghat and offer tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at his memorial.

PM Modi greets US President Barack Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama on their arrival 
[PHOTO: Special Arrangements] 

Later, Obama will hold a session with Indian authorities at Hyderabad House, followed by dinner at Rashtrapati Bhavan with President Pranab Mukherjee.

This trip will supposedly bring depth to the stagnant Indo-US relations. Also the US analysts are cautiously optimistic about India, US ties. Substantive outcome is expected out of this three-day state visit.
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