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    New Delhi (Sputnik): US President Donald Trump arrived in the Indian capital New Delhi on Monday night for a crucial visit and business talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the inking of some agreements, including key defence and energy pacts.

    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.

    ​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.

    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.


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