The government has announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not accompany U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump to see the Taj Mahal in Agra. The U.S. President, his wife, daughter Ivanka Trump, son-in-law Jared Kushner and a large U.S. delegation are coming to India on Monday for a two-day visit.
"We have seen media reports about the presence of PM Modi in Agra in connection with President Trump's visit. The visit of the US President and First Lady to the Taj Mahal in Agra gives them the opportunity to view the historic monument appropriately." there are no official commitments or the presence of senior dignitaries on the Indian side, "said people with direct knowledge of the Prime Minister’s schedule.
"PM Modi will be with President Trump in Ahmedabad, where President Trump and the US First Lady will receive a public reception on February 24, and on the Delhi leg of the visit, where official engagements are scheduled for February 25," they said ,
However, a senior US government official said during a conference call with journalists: "The President will arrive in India in Ahmedabad … The President and First Lady will then visit Prime Minister Modi to the Taj in Agra and they will then go to New Delhi fly and rest in New Delhi overnight and have a full program on Tuesday. "
PM Modi and President Trump will make a roadshow to the largest cricket stadium in the world in Ahmedabad's Motera.
India and the United States are also likely to discuss mutually acceptable trading conditions, although reports say the chances of a large trade deal are slim. President Trump has highlighted what India calls high tariffs and is striving for wider access to the Indian market.
The visiting American delegation included Trade Secretary Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette, Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and National Security Advisor Robert O & # 39; Brien.
India is the fifth largest economy in the world with massive energy needs, and the United States wants to help India meet these needs, the Press Trust of India news agency said, citing a U.S. government official.
"Indeed, India is a pillar of our Indo-Pacific strategy and we continue to work together to promote this vision of a free and open international system based on market economy, good governance, freedom of the sea and the sky and respect for sovereignty," said the official.