India Builds Wall To Block Out Slum Areas To Welcome Visiting President Trump

India Builds Wall To Block Out Slum Areas To Welcome Visiting President Trump

India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi government has attracted criticism from the country’s media as it builds a 500 metre-long wall, to block off slums on the road visiting President Trump on Monday will pass on arrival.

President Trump will land at Ahmadabad Airport, and from there will be taken to the Stadium for a reception to be witnessed by an estimated 100,000 Indians.

All is ready for Trump’s visit which will last 36 hours from Feb. 24-25 not withstanding the criticism of Modi.

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This visit will be Trump’s first visit to India as the U.S. president.

He had before visited the South Asian country not as a President but businessman.

Trump’s Air Force One airplane is expected to land in a city in western coastal state of Gujarat, before noon on Monday, and he will leave to return to Washington the Tuesday evening.

The highlights of his visit are the massive road show to welcome him in Ahmedabad by nearly 100,000 Indians, the sunset visit to the world heritage site the “Taj Mahal,” and his high-level discussion and industry meetings on Tuesday in Delhi.

The president visit to India assumes importance even as it comes when the US is preparing for election.

Zorawar Daulet Singh, Adjunct Fellow at the Delhi-based Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), said that with the new U.S. election in view, thre might not be any major outcomes on trade or regional security issues, “as differences on market access and Afghanistan are still on the minds of policymakers.”

Trump has categorically mentioned that a trade deal will not be possible, anticipation remains high in India ahead of the presidents visit.

Looking at what has been aired in the Indian media in the past few days in the run-up to the visit, focus is on trade, defence and Afghanistan.

It is hoped that the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), a reduced tariff system which has been withdrawn by the US from India, would be also discussed on the table.

Some agreements and MoUs, including on counter-terrorism, intellectual property rights, space and medical cooperation, might be exchanged during Trump’s visit, official sources revealed.

The defence deals up to 3 billion U.S. dollars might be announced after the delegation-level and one-to-one talks between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Trump finalize on Tuesday, US expert says.

The US remains India’s second biggest trade partner after China, and has also grown as a big defence partner recently.

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