New Delhi: At a time when massive preparations are underway to welcome US President Donald Trump, the Indian Air Force on Wednesday said that it will provide security cover to Trump’s official aircraft Air Force One as soon as it enters the Indian airspace. Also Read - Will Take Necessary Measures to Ensure Security in J-K During Trump's Visit: DGP Dilbagh Singh
Issuing a statement, the AIF said that it has been on high alert for the arrival of US President Donald Trump and the first lady Melania Trump on February 24. Also Read - Talks on Mediation Over Kashmir Issue Unlikely to Come up During Trump's Visit: Govt Sources
As per updates from the IAF, Sukhoi and Mirage 2000 could be part of the IAF security fleet that will provide security cover to Air Force One. Also Read - India, US to Hold Talks on Defence, Terrorism During Trump's Visit: Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla
According to the Gujarat government’s official brief, almost every security aspect of the Trump visit has been looked into and an impenetrable cover has been prepared.
To look after the overall security aspect of Trump’s visit, a special plane carrying snipers, fire safety systems, spy cameras, security equipments of US Marine Commandos and the convoy vehicles has already landed in India.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir police said it is taking all necessary measures to ensure that militants are not able to carry out any subversive activity in the Union territory during Trump’s visit.
“We are taking all necessary measures. We are hopeful that this visit (of the US president) will pass off peacefully,” Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh told PTI.
Saying that Pakistani drones recently flew over a BSF picket in the Gagwal area of the Jammu region, the DGP said that terror launchpads are active in the Pakistan soil bordering India.
“Normally, there would not be much activity at the launchpads during the winter months as snow would cover the passes. This winter, however, the movement at the luanchpads did not reduce,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, holding a press conference said that both the countries are expected to hold talks in a number of areas including that of defence, counter-terrorism and regional issues
“India and USA are expected to hold talks in areas of defence, counter-terrorism, people to people contact, energy and regional issues,” Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said ahead of Trump’s visit to India.
Saying that it is a strategic partnership and a forward-looking relationship, Shringla said Trump is expected to be accompanied by a high-level delegation including his cabinet ministers.
“US President Donald Trump will speak to PM Narendra Modi at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad (Gujarat). It will be similar to Howdy Modi event in Houston,” Shringla added.
He said that PM Modi will host a lunch for President Trump, while President Kovind will host a banquet for him.