New Delhi, 25 January 2015: Pranab Mukherjee, President of India welcomed Barack Obama, the President of the United States of America at the Forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan today (January 25, 2015). The US President received a 21 Gun Salute and inspected a Guard of Honour commanded by Wing Commander Pooja Thakur at the Ceremonial Reception.
On the welcome speech, President Pranab said, “It is a great honour and privilege to welcome you and the First Lady this evening, Mr. President. After having had the pleasure of meeting you in such a banquet four years ago during your last visit to India, I am doubly delighted to be able to receive you again – this time, as the host!”
Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were Union Ministers of Home Affairs, External Affairs, Finance, Urban Development, Defence; MoS of Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy (the Minister in waiting); Lt. Governor of Delhi; Cabinet Secretary; Chief of Air Staff; Secretary to the President; Foreign Secretary and Ambassador of India to the USA.