Obama India visit, Day 1: As it happened

5.30 pm: Obama ends joint presser with Modi with another Hindi expression: “ Chale saath saath (Let's walk together).”

5.28 pm: President Obama: Modi is getting even less sleep than me

5.27 pm: President Obama: Struck by PM Modi's energy and commitment to lifting people out of poverty.

5.26 pm: Part of the reason we are natural partners is because we share values. democracy, entrepreneurship,freedom, says Obama

5.23 pm: PM: Barack and I are friends, we talk on the phone, crack jokes. Our friendship has brought our countries and our people closer. >Read the opening statement of Mr. Modi here

5.22 pm: PM says: I am a new PM,but I can say relations between countries are based on leaders relations, on chemistry

5.21 pm: PM Modi (in Hindi): The US-China climate deal cannot pressure India, a sovereign country. But we feel pressure abt what kind of planet we give to our children.We must be conscious about climate change,and give future gens a cleaner and greener futureThats the pressure we respond to

5.15 pm: The United States and India have reached a breakthrough on two issues holding up civil nuclear cooperation between them, says Obama.

5.12 pm: We are going to be strong and reliable partners for people of Afghanistan, says Obama.

5.09 pm: India and the America natural partners. We made substantive progress, says Obama

5.08 pm: President Obama: Deepening ties with India is a foreign policy priority for my administration

5.07 pm: President Obama: Support a reformed UN security council with India as a member. As a leading peacekeeping nation, we welcome India's role

5.06 pm: President Obama: Even as US mission in afghanistan is over, where people have benefitted from India's generosity

5.05 pm: President Obama: Major step forward for DTTI, defence strategic framework; No country can be more effective on climate change than India.

5.04 pm: Obama says U.S. and India says made a breakthrough on two issues holding up civil nuclear cooperation

5.03 pm: Obama greets the news conference in Hindi... “ Namaste. Mera Pyaar Bhara Namaskar. (My greetings with affection)”

5.03 pm: India and U.S. establish hotlines between Modi and Obama and two NSAs

5.02 pm: Modi says India is moving towards commercial cooperation on civil nuclear trade with the United States, six years after the two sides signed a landmark civilian nuclear deal in 2008.

5 pm: PM Modi says Obama has assured him of U.S. support for India's entry into global nuclear groups

4,57 pm: Modi says U.S. and India agree to pursue codevelopment and coproduction of specific defence projects

4.56 pm: The promise of this relationship has never been in doubt. Become more relevant in the digital age.

4.53 pm: President Barack Obama's second visit to India reflects transformation in our relationship: Modi.

4.52 pm: Modi:It is a great pleasure and privilege to welcome back President Obama and first lady to India.Honoured that you accepted R-day invite

4.52 pm: Modi:It is a great pleasure and privilege to welcome back President Obama and first lady to India.Honoured that you accepted R-day invite

4.51 pm: Modi: It is a great pleasure and privilege to welcome back President Obama and first lady to India.Honoured that you accepted R-day invite

4.37 pm: Talks over. Media interaction is next item on agenda of India-U.S. leaders, tweets MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin.

4.25 pm: MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted:

4.08 pm: Reports said that the two leaders had ironed out differences on the liability of suppliers to India in the event of a nuclear accident and the United States had dropped its demand to be able to track the whereabouts of nuclear material supplied to India.

3.46 pm: India and U.S. achieve a breakthrough on operationalisation of the civil nuclear deal. >Read full story here

2.44 pm: Mr. Modi and Mr. Obama held talks on a range of crucial issues, including removing hurdles in operationalising the long-stalled civil nuclear agreement and enhancing ties in defence, trade and commerce and climate change.

Officials said “progress has been made” on the nuclear issue and India was looking forward to “effectively” work with the U.S. in this “extremely important” field.

The Indian liability law holds the suppliers directly liable in case of a nuclear accident while countries like France and the U.S. have asked India to follow global norms under which the primary liability is with the operator.

It's chai pe charcha at Hyderabad House

Mr. Modi and Mr. Obama went for a stroll at the manicured lawns of the Hyderabad House, the venue for talks between the two leaders.

Mr. Modi and Mr. Obama went for the brief walk before settling in a special enclosure at the lawns where the two leaders held one-on-one talks over tea, reflecting increasing bonhomie between the two leaders.

The Prime Minister was seen pouring tea and giving it to Obama.

They went for the walk after the luncheon meeting and talked for over 10 minutes in a serene atmosphere.

1:26 pm: President Obama and PM Modi begin talks.The India-U.S. defence partnership is set to take centre stage during the talks.

While signing a new defence framework, the two countries are likely to discuss co-production deals as part of the Defence Trade and Technological initiative, as well as closer exchanges between the armed forces. >Read here

1:19 pm: President Obama arrives at Hyderabad House to hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

1:08 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Hyderabad House.

12:51 pm: Obama receives a Charkha as a memento at Rajghat. He also plants a sapling.

12:44 pm: President Obama pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.

12:43 pm: Mr. Obama reaches Rajghat.

12:31 pm: Mr. Obama on his way to lay a wreath at Mahatma Gandhi's memorial at Rajghat.

12:22 pm: Mr. Obama says 'great honour' to be in India.

12:19 pm: U.S. President Barack Obama inspects the inter-Services Guard of Honour at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

12:16 pm: Wing Commander Pooja Thakur leads inter-Services Guard of Honour for U.S. President Barack Obama.

12:14 pm: 21 gun salute for Mr. Obama at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

11:58 am: President Pranab Mukherjee and PM Modi at Rashtrapati Bhavan forecourt to welcome U.S. President Barack Obama.

11:56 am:

11:53 am: Cabinet Ministers and Delhi Lieutenant-Governor seated at Rashtrapati Bhavan forecourt to welcome the Obamas .

11: 46 am: Ceremonial guard of honour awaits the Obamas at Rashtrapati Bhavan forecourt. Horses of the President's body guard lining up at the Rashtrapati Bhavan forecourt.

11:22 am: As President Obama heads for Rashtrapathi Bhavan, here's all you need to about the ‘invisible’ security grid that's in place. >Read here

11: 05 am: President Obama and his wife will be gifted two matchboxes – one having a sari and the other a shawl, creations of a handloom weaver from Sircilla. >Read here

10:58 am: Obamas to observe dietary restraint

Mr. Obama and First Lady are expected to exercise extreme dietary restraint during their trip to the capital based on the recommendation of an advance security liaison team which has been camping here for over a month, The Hindu has learnt. >Read here

10: 57 am: President Obama will head for Rashtrapati Bhawan shortly. He will go to a ceremonial reception, then to Rajghat, before lunch with the Prime Minister.

10:43 am: The Hindu's Strategic & Diplomatic Affairs Editor Suhasini Haidar writes on the personal equations between Indian and American leaders over the decades. >Read here

10:17 am: Here's all you need to know about The Beast:

10:00 am: Traffic movement around the airport will be affected as President Obama's convoy makes its way to Rashtrapati Bhavan.

9:57 am: Rajghat gets ready for President Obama. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

9:48 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Fortress Delhi awaits Obama, Security tightened

9:39 am: President Obama arrives at Palam Palam Air Force station in Delhi .

9:25 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi awaits the arrival of President Obama at the Air Force Station in Delhi. Photo: S. Subramanium

9:17 am:

9:12 am:

Obama cancels Agra leg of visit

The Uttar Pradesh Government has been informally informed about the change of plans and the American security team has already left Agra.

The visit is likely to see the announcement of many important agreements, including the renewal of the ten-year Defence strategic framework, cyber-security cooperation, an enhanced partnership on counter-terrorism, among others, with a comprehensive joint statement drafted.


  • DAY 1: JANUARY 25, 2015
  • Arrival in the morning and Rashtrapathi Bhavan Ceremonial
  • Rashtrapathi Bhavan Ceremonial
  • Homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat
  • Bilateral discussions with PM Narendra Modi, followed by a luncheon
  • Meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee
  • Banquet hosted by the President
  • DAY 2: JANUARY 26, 2015:
  • Republic Day function and Rashtrapathi Bhavan Ceremonial
  • 'At home' with Pranab Mukherjeeand a round table with CEOs
  • DAY 3: JANUARY 27, 2015:
  • To address a select gathering
  • Leaves for Saudi Arabia

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