Chavan, Shetty to receive Obama at airport

Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and Protocol Minister Suresh Shetty would receive United States President Barack Obama as the state representatives along with Union Minister Salman Khurshid.

Updated: Nov 04, 2010, 23:38 PM IST

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok
Chavan and Protocol Minister Suresh Shetty would receive
United States President Barack Obama as the state
representatives along with Union Minister Salman Khurshid.

"The Ministry of External Affairs has told us that the
Chief Minister and the Protocol Minister would receive Obama
on his arrival at the Chhatrapati Shivaji international
airport on November 6," an official from the Chief Minister`s
Office told a news agency.

The Indian and American Ambassadors, the state protocol
officials and American Consulate General would also accompany
the Chavan, the official said.

Chavan has also received an invitation from American
officials to attend the President`s afternoon function at the
Taj hotel on anti-terrorism and evening function at the
Trident hotel.

"It is upto the Chief Minister to decide which programme
he will attend. However, Chavan`s one-to-one meeting with
Obama has not been fixed yet," the official said.

Chavan`s request to meet Obama was turned down by US
officials saying that several other Chief Ministers were also
seeking an appointment with Obama.

Chavan left for his home town Nanded yesterday to
celebrate Diwali and would return to the city on November 6.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal and Home
Minister R R Patil have also received an invitation to attend
the President`s programme at the Taj.

PTI