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Obama visits India and reaffirms political and commercial ties

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The US president, Barack Obama, arrived in New Delhi on an official three-day visit to promote bilateral relations with China and participate tomorrow as guest of honor at the military parade on Republic Day

The US president, Barack Obama, was received in India with a welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace, where he made a solemn wreath at a monument in honor of the father of the country's independence movement, Mahatma Gandhi. Obama came to New Delhi where he was received by the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, who waited at the foot of the stairs of Air Force One, where they embraced highlighting the close relationship forged in the short time it takes Modi in office.

The president and prime minister held talks on climate change, defense and economic relations. On Monday, Obama will be the guest of honor at the celebration of the Republic of India, becoming the first US president to attend the anniversary of the promulgation of the first democratic constitution.

"It is a great honor," Obama said after reviewing training of Indian honor guard at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the presidential palace. "We are grateful for the extraordinary hospitality".

After their meeting, Obama and Modi issued separate statements and appear before reporters.

Obama and Modi briefly walked through the picturesque gardens of Hyderabad House, the place where hold their meetings, walking with small ponds with lotus flowers before sitting down to talk over a cup of tea. Both seemed relaxed and smiled often while chatting animatedly.

Before Sunday, Obama took off shoes for walking around a walled courtyard and deposit a large white wreath at the place where Gandhi, an icon of Indian independence, was cremated. Then he put land and water poured around a tree planted in his honor at the monument.

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