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Obamas arrive in New Delhi, visit Humayun's tomb

Sunday November 07, 2010 06:36:32 PM, Agencies

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New Delhi: After charming Mumbai, US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrived in New Delhi Sunday afternoon on the second leg of their four-day India visit to a warm reception by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur. Later in the evening, they visited the 16th century Humayun's tomb, a world heritage site said to be a model for the Taj Mahal in Agra.

At the airport, Obama gave the prime minister a warm hug as he alighted. Michelle Obama, dressed in a powder blue ensemble, followed with a peck on the cheek for Manmohan Singh. Obama also gave a peck to Gursharan Kaur.

The chemistry was evident as the two leaders chatted amicably at the Air Force station at Palam. They continued to talk for several minutes as Manmohan Singh saw Obama to his stretch limousine.

The friendship between the Obamas and the Singhs was evident as both Gursharan Kaur and Michelle Obama firmly clasped hands as they walked the red carpet.

It's not often that the prime minister deviates from protocol to receive visiting foreign leaders at the airport, but Manmohan Singh decided to personally welcome Obama given his special admiration for the man.

 

In the last six years, he had done this in 2006 only for then US president George Bush with whom he struck a landmark nuclear deal and Saudi monarch King Abdullah.

Corporate and Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khursheed, minister-in-waiting who will attend on Obama during his visit to India, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, India's Ambassador to the US Meera Shankar and senior officials of the external affairs ministry dealing with the US were also present at the airport. US Ambassador Timothy J. Roemer and senior officials of the US embassy also greeted Obama.

Accompanied by the US envoy, Obama headed to Roosevelt House, the residence of the US ambassador, to interact with the US embassy staff.

Obamas at Humayun's tomb

The president and his wife arrived at Humayun's tomb, the famed monument around 5 p.m., straight from engagements at the American embassy.

 

The complex, swarming with plainclothesmen, had turned into a virtual fortress and kept out of bounds the general public.

The first garden tomb in the subcontinent was built in the 16th century in memory of the second Mughal emperor by his wife.

The first couple also interacted with the children of those involved in the renovation of the complex.

 



 

 

 

 

 

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