New Delhi, Jan 25: Will Prime Minister Narendra Modi break the protocol on Sunday to receive US President Barack Obama, who is due to arrive in India for a three-day visit? [New Delhi turned into fortress ahead of President Obama's visit]
The US president's Air Force One is set to touch the Indian shores at 10 am on Sunday. Security has been beefed up at the national capital ahead of the high-profile visit.
President Obama, who is the first incumbent to visit India twice during his stay in the office, will also be the first US head of the state to attend India's Republic Day celebrations as the chief guest.
The Prime Minister's Office in India has appointed Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal as the Minister-in-Waiting for Obama. He will be accompanying the US president during his stay in India.
The president will leave for the Rashtrapati Bhavan from the airport where he will be given a Guard of Honour. He will visit Rajghat later to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi.
Obama and Modi will head for bilateral talks at the Hyderabad House where a number of key issues, including terrorism, climate change and global trade will come up.
On January 27, the two leaders will together address the 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on radio.
Obama, who is being accompanied by wife Michelle and other important leaders and delegates, was scheduled to visit the Taj Mahal in Agra but it was later cancelled for time constraints. The Obamas will head for Saudi Arabia pay respects to late king Abdullah.