At Gujarat,US President Donald Trump has arrived to a thunderous reception on his first official visit to India.
Mr Trump is addressing a massive public rally with the prime minister Narendra Modi at the Motera stadium, the world’s largest cricket venue.
However, More than 100,000 people present at the venue burst into applause as the two leaders entered.
Mr Trump’s visit will focus on deepening ties between the world’s two largest democracies.
The event at Motera stadium is being compared to the “Howdy, Modi!” event the two men held in Houston last year, which was attended by 50,000 people
Mr Trump participated in a 22km (13.5 miles) roadshow,On his way to the stadium as thousands of people lined the roads. Billboards along the route were decorated with pictures of the men and carry slogans such as “two dynamic personalities, one momentous occasion“.
In addition,He entered to the music of Elton John playing on the speakers. Mr Trump’s love of his songs is well documented.
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The road show also featured performers from across the country, showcasing the arts from different Indian states.
Earlier at the Sabarmati Ashram where Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi, who was born in Gujarat, lived for 13 years,Mr Trump made a quick stop.
Mr Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tried their hand at the charka or spinning wheel, which is used to spin cloth. Gandhi popularised the act as a form of protest against foreign-made cloth during India’s independence movement.
Ahead of his visit, Mr Trump had said he was looking forward “to being with the people of India”.
“We are going to have many millions and millions of people. It’s a long trip. I get along very well with Prime Minister Modi. He is a friend of mine,” he said.
“I hear it’s going to be a big event… the biggest event they ever had in India.”
But in the midst of the fanfare, a much-talked about trade deal is unlikely to happen during the visit.
What is at stake during this visit?
The US is one India’s most important trade partners, with bilateral trade totalling $142.6bn (£110.3bn) in 2018. The US had a $25.2bn goods and services trade deficit with India, its 9th largest trading partner in goods.
Despite growing political and strategic ties, there’s been tension over trade issues. Mr Trump has said India’s tariffs – taxes on imports – are “unacceptable“, and has described India as the ”king” of tariffs.
In June 2019, the US ended a special trade status for India, the largest beneficiary of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) – a scheme that allows some goods to enter the US duty-free.
The move caused a diplomatic rift between the two countries after India imposed retaliatory tariffs on 28 US products.