US President Donald Trump arrived at India on Tuesday February 26 2020 as he begins his first official trip to the country.
The President’s arrival point was at India’s Gujarat state where a massive number of Indians have gathered to welcome him to their country.
Mr Trump was given a warm and enveloping bear hug welcome at the airport by PM Narendra Modi.
This visit by Mr Trump is believed, will further deepen the trade and political bond between US and India, which happens to be the world’s two largest democracies.
The two leaders would be addressing over 100,000 people at the world’s largest cricket venue, Motera stadium, an event people have likened to the “Howdy, Modi!” rally held in Houston last year which had a total of 50,000 people n attendance.
Meanwhile, Trump had stopped by the Sabarmati Ashram, where Mahatma Gandhi, Indian independence leader lived for 13 years although he was born in Gujarat.
Mr Trump wrote in the ashram visitor’s book, “To my great friend Prime Minister Modi, thank you for this wonderful visit,”
Meanwhile, Trump’s visit to India has implications which include:
The restoration of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) for Indian goods,
A re-assesment of India’s high tariff,
India opening of some of its key markets for US goods,price controls on medical equipment, India’s new rules on data storage.
Deals also to be signed by them include : intellectual property rights and homeland security. One of the moves for India’s security is the plan to acquire 30 American defence helicopters – MH-60R Seahawk and AH-64E Apache, believed to be worth over $2.6bn.