TRUMP VISIT .. Three deals up, MoUs signed, as Trump visit makes new waves

NEW DELHI: Marking President Donald Trump’s two-day visit, 
India and the United States signed three memorandums of understanding (MoUs) here on Tuesday. The President, will shortly end his two-day visit. The agreements were signed in the fields of energy, health and oil sectors. 

Trump, who touched down in the western commercial hub of Ahmedabad on Monday, addressed a mammoth gathering, flew to Agra along with his family to see around Taj Mahal, and landed in Delhi at night. 

After meetings with President Ram Nath Kovind and a meet with business leaders, the US president will take his return flight tonight. The President also visited Raj Ghat, the resting place of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

The signing of the three agreements came shortly after Prime Minister Modi announced that the two countries have decided to take their bilateral ties to a comprehensive global partnership level. 

An MoU was signed on mental health between the health departments of the countries. Another memorandum of understanding on the safety of medical products was signed between the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization with the US Food and Drug Administration. A letter of cooperation was signed between Indian Oil Corporation Limited and Exxon Mobil India LNG Limited and Chart Industries Inc, US.

An agreement on purchase of hi-tech missile-resistant helicopters collectively worth $3billion was also finalised.

Earlier in the day, the US President was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the capital’s Rashtrapati Bhavan. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Modi welcomed Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the Bhavan. The US president also received a tri-services guard of honour at the presidential palace.

“The Taj Mahal inspires awe. A timeless testament to the rich and diverse beauty of Indian culture! Thank you India,” Trump and Melania wrote on the visitor’s book. –IHN-NN

State Banquet in honour of Donald Trump at Rashtrapati Bhavan


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