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Packed schedule in place for Obama's India tour

india Updated: Jan 15, 2015 10:30 IST
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Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama will start his three-day India visit on January 25 in which several agreements are expected to be signed, and will visit the Taj Mahal at Agra before returning on January 27.

Obama is the first US President to be the chief guest at the Republic Day parade and will be accompanied by his wife Michelle Obama and a team of senior officials. Obama visited India in 2010 and addressed a joint session of Parliament.

Soon after arriving in Delhi, Obama would receive a traditional reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan after which he will be hold a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a wide range of issues including defence, economic partnership, climate change and renewable energy cooperation agreement.

Indians officials are optimistic that Obama’s visit will take the relations between the two countries forward on many issues including the seven-year-old civil-nuclear deal.

During September 2014 meeting between the leaders of the world’s two biggest democracies, a high-level contact group was set up on the nuclear deal.

The group had met twice and officials confirmed that the two sides were working on a proposal for an insurance pool by domestic Indian companies to offset the financial liability burden.

Diplomatic sources said the agreements are likely to be signed on the first day of the visit and an announcement is expected the same evening at Hyderabad House.

On the second day, Obama will attend the Republic Day Parade and will also meet the CEOs of some of the top Indian companies with PM Modi. Some agreements between India and American companies are expected to be announced after the meeting in presence of two leaders as per Obama tentative schedule for the visit.

MEA sources, however, refused to confirm the schedule saying it was speculative and said the programme will be finalised at a meeting with advance US team arriving in Delhi later this week.