Published: Sat, February 22, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

How Is India Preparing For Donald Trump's Visit? | India Today Special Coverage

How Is India Preparing For Donald Trump's Visit? | India Today Special Coverage

"President Trump will visit Taj Mahal on February 24". "We want to address a lot of concerns and we're not quite there yet", the official said, adding that Trump will likely discuss these concerns with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Modi will be in Ahmedabad on Monday where a jamboree named Namaste Trump will be accorded to the U.S. president. Organisers said there will be tens of thousands.

The local government has erected a wall along 1,640 feet of the route in an apparent effort to hide the slums behind it.

Trump has previously said he likes Modi a lot, and much bonhomie was evident between them when the USA president attended the Howdy Modi festival arranged from the Indian prime minister in Houston a year ago.

The optics done with, the serious business will then start in New Delhi.

On Tuesday Trump said that Modi "told me we'll have 7 million people" lining the route from the airport, and on Thursday at a rally in Colorado Springs the president went higher still, with "anywhere from six to 10 million people". The world's largest economy also ended preferential duty-free imports on $6 billion worth of Indian goods past year. "Therefore, no official engagements or presence of senior dignitaries from the Indian side is envisaged there", people with direct knowledge of the PM's schedule said.

He also suggested, however, that the president's trip to India will not result in a big trade deal, though it is a good first step in a positive direction for the two countries.

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Delhi responded with hiked duties on a raft of United States agricultural goods such as almonds, and restricted imports of certain medical devices.

And there are other sources of mutual irritation.

Besides the standard security measures, India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed an anti-drone system will take down any hostile unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone during the roadshow that is expected to kick off Trump's tour.

A U.S. decision is outstanding on whether to slap sanctions on New Delhi for its planned purchase of Russia's S-400 missile defence system.

Energy-hungry India was also irked by USA pressure to stop buying Iranian oil, while Delhi's plans to force foreign firms to store Indian consumers' personal data inside the country has also anxious United States businesses.

India has bristled at criticism in Washington about its recent security and communications lockdown in Kashmir, as well as of a contentious new citizenship law seen as anti-Muslim.

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