White House officials likely to be in Mumbai on Oct 25

A team of officials from the White House and the External Affairs Ministry is likely to visit the city on Monday to review security, ahead of the US President Barack Obama`s official tour next month.

Last Updated: Oct 22, 2010, 22:06 PM IST

Mumbai: A team of officials from the White
House and the External Affairs Ministry is likely to visit the
city on Monday to review security, ahead of the US President
Barack Obama`s official tour next month.

"The White House officials and MEA are likely to visit
the city and tour around, before the President`s (Obama)
visit," a senior official from Home Department said today.
The State Government held a meeting in Mantralaya with
officials from American Consulate here to discuss the visit of
the President and security aspects of the itinerary.

However, the official refused to disclose details of the
places to be visited by Obama or his stay during the tour.

"Things are quite uncertain at this moment and meetings
with the American Consulate and the Central Government are on.

We have no idea about the places he would go to in the city,"
the official said.

The Consulate would convey their final plan to the MEA
and then it would come to the state Government.

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 added.

Obama would have his own security and Mumbai police would
play a supporting role, the official said.

PTI