President Trump arrived in India Monday morning for his highly-anticipated two-day trip where he hopes to forge a new trade deal with the country.
The president landed at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, in Ahmedabad, at 11:35 a.m. local time.
Trump and First Lady Melania Trump stepped out of Air Force One and were greeted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The president and Modi shared a hug before strolling down the red carpet lined with traditional folk dancers.
India plastered billboards along the route to highlight the occasion, including one with a photo of Trump and Modi that read, “Two dynamic personalities. One momentous occasion.”
Thousands of people lined the street, cheering on Trump’s motorcade, as it slowly rolled away from the airport. Some in the crowd waved American and Indian flags.
Trump and Modi briefly stopped at Sabarmati Ashram, which was one of Mahatma Gandhi’s residences and now hosts a museum before heading off to Sardar Patel Stadium for a “Namaste, Trump,” rally.
Trump’s trip to India, his first as president, also includes a state dinner with Modi and private tours of the Taj Mahal and other landmarks, the Times of India reported.
The president will be joined by daughter Ivanka Trump, son-in-law Jared Kushner and US Ambassador to India Ken Juster.
The trip is also serious business for Trump, who wants a trade pact with India, which boasts the world’s fifth-largest economy.
White House officials said trade between the two countries topped $142 billion in 2018, but “there’s certainly much more room to grow.”