New Delhi: After holding extensive talks on bilateral matters with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday attended the grand banquet laid down by President Ram Nath Kovind in his honour at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi to end his two-day tour to India. Also Read - New York Leads Coronavirus Death Toll With 731 Fatalties in 24 Hours
The second day of President Trump’s 36-hour-long maiden visit to the country began at Rashtrapati Bhavan. PM Modi, alongside Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Jaishankar had arrived at the venue for the ceremonial reception of the US President and First Lady Melania Trump. Also Read - John Bolton Accuses WHO of Being 'Accomplice to China's Coverup of COVID-19', Asks Director-General To Resign
President Donald Trump, accompanied by US First Lady Melania Trump, was received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was received by Kovind and his wife Savita and greeted with a 21-gun salute at the forecourt as he arrived at Rashtrapati Bhavan on the second day of his visit. After a group photo, the leaders visited Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial at Raj Ghat where the US President laid down a wreath and observed a minute’s silence. Also Read - 'Lifesaving Medicines Should be Made Available to Indians First', Says Rahul Gandhi After Govt Approves HCQ Export
Subsequently, the Trumps visited Hyderabad House where the US President held hours of discussion with PM Modi on an array of subjects including the defence and trade deal, security, regional issues like the Taliban deal and Citizenship law and so on.
Meanwhile, First Lady Melania Trump visited a government school – Sarvodaya Co-Educational Senior Secondary School – in South Delhi’s Moti Bagh area where she interacted with the students. She also watched a special dance performance by the students organised in her honour.
Following his meeting with PM Modi, President Trump addressed a special meeting at the US Embassy where he gave an insight on the much-talked-about trade deal. He elaborated on the same while addressing the press in the evening.
Speaking to the media, the US President said that he discussed the issue of religious freedom with PM Modi during his talks and asserted that the Prime Minister wants religious freedom for all his citizens.
At the end of the day, the Trumps were hosted for a grand dinner at the Rashtrapati Bhavan with President Kovind. The two presidents exchanged ceremonial talks where President Kovind stressed upon the strategic partnership of the two nations.
In all praises of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Trump noted that the coming to India was a great learning experience and thanked Kovind for the hospitality. They departed from Delhi at night concluding their two-day visit.