Obama`s team discusses protocol, security requirements

An advance team of senior officials from the US President`s personal secretariat is here to discuss various protocol and security measures during Barack Obama`s trip here in November.

Updated: Sep 14, 2010, 18:37 PM IST

New Delhi: An advance team of senior
officials from the US President`s personal secretariat is here
to discuss various protocol and security measures during
Barack Obama`s trip here in November.

The US team, comprising officials from the protocol,
security and press departments of President`s secretariat,
held a meeting with senior officials of these departments in
the government, sources said here today.

They said the Indian team comprised among others
officials from Home Ministry, including officials from Delhi
police and protocol department.

The US officials have apprised the Indians of their
security requirements in the meeting held yesterday in
Hyderabad House, they said.

Obama is visiting India in November and besides New
Delhi, will travel to Amritsar and Mumbai, where he is
expected to pay tribute to victims of 26/11 terror attacks. In
Amritsar, the US President will be visiting the Golden Temple.

Meanwhile, a series of high-level meetings starting from
this week with the visit of Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao to
that country is slated to set the agenda for Obama`s visit.

Rao will meet several senior officials in Obama
administration, including Under-Secretary of State for
Political Affairs William Burns, who is expected to visit
India next week.

The two sides, which are looking at a big idea or big
ideas to frame Obama`s visit, will also work on ironing out
irritants created by recent US positions both on outsourcing
and visa hike.

While Indians are not happy with the US hiking the H1-B
and L1 visa fee and one of its states, Ohio, imposing a ban
on outsourcing, the Americans, too, have their gripes and
expect their concerns to be addressed, including those on
nuclear liability bill, which was recently passed by
Parliament.

PTI