‘Namaste Trump’: Modi holds huge rally for president’s visit

Ahmedabad, Donald Trump was cheered by more than 100,000 Indians at the opening of the world’s largest cricket stadium on Monday, promising an incredible trade deal and the most feared military equipment on the planet at his biggest rally abroad.

Indians wore cardboard Trump masks and Namaste Trump hats to welcome the U.S. president at the huge new Motera stadium in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s own political homeland, the western city of Ahmedabad.

U.S. officials have described Trump’s visit as a way to counter China’s rise as a superpower.

You have done a great honor to our country. We will remember you forever, from this day onwards India will always hold a special place in our hearts, Trump said to thunderous applause.

As we continue to build our defense cooperation, the United States looks forward to providing India with some of the best and most feared military equipment on the planet, Trump said.

Trump said the two countries will sign deals on Tuesday to sell military helicopters worth $3 billion and that the United States must become the premier defense partner of India, which relied on Russian equipment during the Cold War. Reuters reported earlier that India has cleared the purchase of 24 helicopters from Lockheed Martin (LMT.N) worth $2.6 billion.

In his speech Trump extolled India’s rise as a stable and prosperous democracy as one of the achievements of the century. You have done it as a tolerant country. And you have done it as a great, free country, he said.

Trump planned to raise the issue of religious freedoms in India with Modi, an administration official said last week, according to Reuters.

Source: Bahrain News Agency