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Ashok Chavan, Suresh Shetty To Receive Obama At Airport

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

PTI [ Updated: November 04, 2010 22:45 IST ]
ashok chavan suresh shetty to receive obama at airport
ashok chavan suresh shetty to receive obama at airport

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 will receive Obama on his arrival at the Chhatrapati Shivaji international airport on November 6," an official from the chief minister's office said.

The Indian and American ambassadors, the state protocol officials and American consulate general will 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 RR Patil have also received an invitation to attend the president's programme at the Taj. PTI

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