As the US president began his official engagements in New Delhi on Tuesday, his Indian counterpart Ram Nath Kovind extended a ceremonial welcome to him on the forecourt of the imposing Presidential House with Donald Trump inspecting a tri-service guard of honour.
Besides Kovind, Prime Minister Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Health, Family Welfare, Science and Technology Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan were present on the occasion.
Indian President @rashtrapatibhvn and @narendramodi host @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS at Rashtrapati Bhavan for a ceremonial reception Tuesday.— Radhika Parashar (@radhika_says) February 25, 2020
Trump entourage proceeds to Raj Ghat to pay respect to Mahatama Gandhi. pic.twitter.com/oDuWcleD1o
Later, Trump along with first lady Melania paid floral tributes to iconic Indian freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi and also planted a tree at his memorial on the banks of the river Yamuna in Delhi.
National anthems of the world's oldest democracy and world's largest democracy were played as part of the ceremony on the grounds of the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. @realDonaldTrump @narendramodi @FLOTUS @IvankaTrump #NamasteTrump pic.twitter.com/3HobVGnGR6— Radhika Parashar (@radhika_says) February 25, 2020
Delhi: US President Donald Trump & First Lady Melania Trump plant a tree at Raj Ghat. pic.twitter.com/4llGqhmxXV— ANI (@ANI) February 25, 2020
Delhi: US President Donald Trump's message in the visitor's book at Raj Ghat, 'The American people stand strongly with a sovereign and wonderful India - The vision of the great Mahatma Gandhi. This is a tremendous honor!' pic.twitter.com/Rr7dU7m44z— ANI (@ANI) February 25, 2020
Donald Trump then joined Prime Minister Modi for delegation-level talks at the end of which both sides signed key pacts on defence and energy, first lady Melania visited a state-run school to witness the “Happiness Class” programme – where students engage in activities like meditation and theatre to keep away anxiety and lower stress levels of participants.