US President Donald Trump arrives in Ahmedabad, India today. Prime Minister gives a warm welcome to him.
US first lady Melania Trump, daughter Ivanka Trump, son-in-law Jared Kushner and top brass of his administration.
Artists have paid tribute to Trump with cultural dances.
Donald Trump will reach Gujarat, the home state of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to an international news agency, he is likely to address a rally at a cricket stadium in Gujarat.
He is also expected to visit the Taj Mahal in Agra. He will then arrive at the capital Delhi for negotiations with the Indian Prime Minister.
However, the trade agreement is unlikely to happen.
The US is one of India’s most significant trade partners, with bilateral trade becoming $142.6bn (£110.3bn) in 2018.
The US had a $25.2bn goods and services trade deficit with India.
The US had ended preferential trade status for India, the greatest beneficiary of the Generalised System of Preference (GSP)-a rule that enable some goods to be brought to the US duty-free.
This scheme caused a diplomatic rift between the two countries as India had enforced retaliatory tariffs on 28 US products.
Apart from developing political and strategic coordination between India and the US, trade issues still prevail. Donald Trump said India’s tariffs-taxes on imports- are “unacceptable”. He has also described India as the king of tariffs.
On the other hand, protests against the controversial citizenship law are still taking place in India. Police used tear gas over the large crowd of protestors in New Delhi.
Alok Kumar, a senior Delhi Police official, informed local reporters regarding the protest, “There must be some miscreants who want to spoil the peace in the area. We will identify them and take action against them,”
“The situation is under control now,”
Protests have been taking place ahead of Trump’s visit to India.