White House, Maha Home officials likely to meet on Friday

A team of White House officials are likely to meet their counterparts of Maharashtra Home Ministry on Friday to review security and other issues ahead of US President Barack Obama`s official tour next month.

Last Updated: Oct 25, 2010, 20:44 PM IST

Mumbai: A team of White House officials are
likely to meet their counterparts of Maharashtra Home Ministry
on Friday to review security and other issues ahead of US
President Barack Obama`s official tour next month.

"The team has arrived in the town today to review
security and other arrangements and would be meeting the State
Home officials on Friday," a Home Department official said.

There were reports that Obama would visit Gateway of
India, Marine Drive and his wife Michelle to Kamathipura, the
red-light area of the city.

The official, however, refused to disclose details of the
places to be visited by the US President.

"Nothing has been decided so far. We have no idea about
the places he would visit in the city," he said.

The US Consulate would convey their final plan to the
External Affairs Ministry and then it would come to the state
government about the places to be visited, he added.

The state government held the first meeting in Mantralaya
with officials from American Consulate last week to discuss
the visit and security aspects.

Even the protocol, such as who would be receiving and
accompanying the President during the visit, is yet to cleared
by the External Affairs Ministry, the official said.

American security officials, meanwhile, are likely to
meet their Mumbai counterparts in a day or two.

During the meeting, the security arrangements for Obama
visit would be discussed before chalking out the final
security apparatus, police said.

PTI