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Mumbai : India | Nov 06, 2010 at 11:07 AM PDT
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Mumbai, India, 6 November 2010

Security in Mumbai is very tight for the visit of Pres. Obama and wife Michelle on their first leg of a 10-day Asian tour, designed to boost US exports.

President Obama is due to visit other countries like Indonesia, South Korea and Japan.

The Air Force One, touched down Mumbai at midday (0700 GMT) after a 15-hour flight from Washington.

Pres. Obama was greeted by Indian officials, and were flown by helicopter to the Taj Mahal Palace hotel-the symbol of India's 'strength and resilience', where he and his wife are staying as guests.

Obama pays tribute to Mumbai terror victims and before his arrival, all roads leading to Mani Bhavan/the Mahatma Gandhi museum were cordoned off for several hours before he and his wife arrived.

Obama said India and the USA are united against terrorism. Choosing Mumbai his first stop and stay at the Taj hotel, signifies USA's solid support to the People of India.

He also wrote : 'The United States stands in solidarity with all of Mumbai and all of India in working to eradicate the scourge of terrorism.'

He visited the museum of Mahatma Gandhi home -respected as the father of Indian independence and revered as a global spiritual leader.

In the guest book, Mr Obama wrote that Gandhi is a hero not just to the Indian people but to the world.

While in India, The President of the U.S.A is due to meet local business leaders which US officials say they expect major contracts to be announced later.

Mr. Nirupama Rao, India's Foreign Secretary, has said Obama's visit shall expand strategic ties between the two countries leading to a more "productive" partnership.

According to the White House officials, the administration plans 17 or 18 announcements during the trip covering pointers on economic, security and political issues.

It is expected that later on his trip, Mr Obama will announce a "comprehensive partnership" including economic ties in Indonesia, attend a G20 summit of global economic powers in Seoul and participate in an Asia-Pacific economic forum in Yokohama, Japan.

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Security in Mumbai is very tight for the visit of Pres. Obama and wife Michelle on their first leg of a 10-day Asian tour, designed to boost US exports.
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