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Obama not to visit Amritsar during trip

delhi Updated: Oct 19, 2010 15:08 IST
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US President Barack Obama will not travel to Amritsar during his next month's visit to India due to "logistic" issues, informed sources said.

Obama, who will arrive in Mumbai on November 6, will directly come to Delhi now after a day's stay in the commercial capital of the country. Earlier, he was to fly to Amritsar from Mumbai for a brief visit to the Golden Temple.

It is not clear yet what "logistic" issues have cropped up but there have been reports that Obama's team was facing a ticklish question of what the President should use to cover his head while visiting the Golden temple.

According to some reports, the White House team, which visited India last month, had ruled out Obama wearing the traditional scarf to cover his head, which they felt may convey an image of him appearing to be a Muslim, a misinterpretation which the team would like to avoid.

Americans have not yet formally informed India about this change but it is expected that they will do so in due course.

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