Obama Terms Mumbai Attacks As Conspiracy Against Religious Harmony
The president of the United States Barrack Hussain Obama, alongwith the first lady Mishaal Obama, has reached India on a three-day official visit. The US president said that Mumbai attacks were a failed conspiracy to ignite inter-religious conflicts. Obama also announced trade agreements worth 10 billion dollars with India.
The Air force one plane of the US president landed at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai at 12.50 pm local time amid high security. The chief minister of Maharashatra Ashok Choha and central Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid received the distinguished guests on the airport. The US president, accompanied by the first lady, reached Taj Hotel from the airport where they participated in the memorial service of those killed in the Mumbai attacks. Speaking on the occasion the US president said that the USA would keep on supporting India in fighting terrorism. After this the US president went to the Mani Bahawan to Gandhi memorial and paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.
The US president also announced $10 billion trade agreements with India while addressing the CEO’s of top Indian and US companies. The US president said that the said agreements would create 54,000 new jobs. Barrack Hussain Obama also announced a number of trade relaxations for India to increase the bilateral trade.
Earlier the US President Barrack Obama arrived in India on Saturday afternoon on a three-day visit. President’s plane Air Force One landed at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport in Mumbai at 12.50 pm. Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chohan and central Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, the minister-in-waiting for the US president, received them with warm handshakes.
Obama then boarded a Black Hawk helicopter that took him them to INS Shikra from where he went to Taj Hotel in Colaba, Mumbai. He met with the victims of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and made a statement against terrorism at 2 pm.
A Business delegation and media delegation have also come along with the US president. Security has been kept tight in Mumbai as several arterial roads, approaches to and from railway stations have been either completely sealed-off to traffic, or blocked or made one-way in view of the presidential trip measures that could inconvenience lakhs of people.
Some 5,000 security personnel, including US Secret Service, Indian intelligence officials and elite commandos have been deployed around the venues for the presidential visit in south Mumbai.
After that he met the captains of industry and entrepreneurs at a US-India Business Council forum to boost US exports to create jobs for Americans.
On Sunday, Obama will reach New Delhi to meet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and deliver an address to parliament on Monday.
Further, on Tuesday , US president will leave for Indonesia on the second leg of his tour, which will also take him to the G20 summit in South Korea and then on to Japan.