New Delhi: A state banquet was hosted for US President Donald Trump on the majestic Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday evening with its forecourt decked as much as its glory for the final engagement of his two-day go to to India.
The architectural marvel, unfold over 130-hectares, was lit up for Trump and his spouse Melania got a ceremonial welcome on the forecourt, which has a mix of pink and cream sandstones.
Because the Presidential Bodyguards lined up on the steps resulting in the Durbar Corridor, Trump, who was acquired by President Ram Nath Kovind and his spouse Savita, had been taken to the corridor the place the visiting dignitary took a spherical.
The banquet was attended by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a number of of his ministerial colleagues, 4 chief ministers — Sarbananda Sonowal (Assam), Manohar Lal Khattar (Haryana), B S Yediyurappa (Karnataka) and Okay Chandrashekar Rao (Telangana).
Chief Justice of India S A Bobde, Chief of Defence Employees Bipin Rawat, Wipro founder Azim Premji, banker Kotak Mahindra, musician A R Rahman in addition to others additionally attended.
Later, the Kovind and Trump, together with their spouses posed for an image earlier than a fifth century statue of Gautam Buddha. It was adopted by official talks throughout which Kovind stated significance of the Indo-US relations may very well be gauged from the truth that numerous folks got here to welcome him.
“The US is a valued friend and India is deeply committed to the strategic partnership between the two countries,” Kovind stated in his opening remarks.
The US president stated the final two days have been “very productive”.
Each the international locations are working for commerce and navy offers, Trump stated.
He stated coming to India has at all times been a studying expertise and thanked President Kovind for the hospitality prolonged to him and his entourage.
A elaborate unfold was laid out for the Trumps. The vegetarian delicacies served included coriander shorba, aloo tikki with palak papdi, zarkhez zameen (seasonal vegetable cooked in its juice) and dal raisina.
The non-vegetarian fare consists of raan-ali-shaan (marinated lamb) and cajun spiced salmon (pink salmon marinated with cajun spices and roasted in clay oven).
For desserts, hazelnut apple pie with salty caramel sauce and malpua rabri roll had been served.
In his banquet speech, Trump stated he had “tremendous two days” throughout which lot of enterprise was accomplished.
“It was very special two days. I love India, I respect Indians. We will be back, we will be back,” he stated.
President Kovind stated the previous two days had been very particular for India because the US-India relations had been very deep.
“India views the US as a long-term friend and a natural partner. Our strong democratic credentials bind us together. Continued economic prosperity and geo-political leadership of the US is in India’s interest. Similarly, India’s growing political, economic and military footprint will be beneficial for the US interests in the region as well as globally,” he stated.
Kovind stated because the world’s largest democracies, India is deeply related with one another by way of the folks and their aspirations.
He stated the bedrock of Indian and American society has been hardworking middleclass households and that’s what makes everybody perceive one another instinctively.
“Over 4 million people of Indian origin have made America their home. They are a living bridge between the American Dream and our vision of New India. Our bilateral canvas has many folds, but none more impressive than the one painted by the growing Indian student community in the US,” he stated.