New Delhi: The US President Barack Obama on a three-day India visit arrived here Sunday morning. The visit is his second in five years. He will be the guest of honour at Monday’s Republic Day celebrations.
Departing from protocol, he was received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the VVIP terminal of the Indira Gandhi International Airport.
Obama was welcomed by Modi with a hug and it was also seen that the two kept clasping hands, chatting and joking like old friends.
The US president was accompanied by his wife Michelle. The welcoming ceremony was short and the Obamas were whisked away within minutes in The Beast, the presidential limousine that was parked right across the red carpet.
Mean while thousands of security personnel have been deployed in Delhi along with some 15,000 security cameras, roadblocks and protective sandbag walls.
Later on Sunday, he will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and meet business leaders. The US leader will also join Mr Modi in his monthly radio address to reach out to millions of Indians with no access to television.
This is the first time a sitting US president has returned to India for a second visit – a sign of growing India-US ties.