On the trade deal which is now officially off the table for the present, government sources said overall trade with the US had increased and would touch $160 billion soon. “It was mutually agreed that we should not rush into the deal. Any trade deal will impact lives here and have long-term economic consequences,” an official said.
The visit will have all the protocol paraphernalia of a state visit, but the spectacular part will be reserved for the few hours Trump and Modi spend together in Ahmedabad. Trump will land in Ahmedabad on February 24. He will be greeted with Indian hospitality and diversity, foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said. His journey to Motera Stadium will be like a curated version of the R-Day parade. “As many as 28 stages representing various parts of the country are being set up along the route, in what is being called the India Road Show,” he added. Trump and Modi will address the gathering in the giant Motera stadium, which will have huge screens that will follow the US president’s progress from the airport. Following this event, Trump and wife Melania will head to Agra where they will spend a few hours viewing the Taj Mahal, landing in Delhi in the evening on February 24.
The next day will have official engagements, with a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan, visit to Rajghat, which will be followed by delegation-level talks with the Indian side. Modi will host lunch for Trump, which will be followed by a press conference. In the afternoon, Trump will have events at the US embassy, a business event and a meeting with embassy staff. In the evening, he will meet President Ram Nath Kovind, who will host a state banquet for him. Trump will leave for Washington on the night of February 25.


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