Mumbai: US Vice-President Joe Biden, who is on a four-day visit to India, was to arrive in Mumbai late on Tuesday. Biden andhiswifeJillwillbe putup in Hotel Taj Mahal Palace during their two-day visittothecity.
A state official said Biden’s visit will focus on trade, business and industry, and also touch upon the broader issue of Indo-US engagement. “We are preparing to present an overviewof the state’s industrial achievements and investment opportunities available in several sectors here,” said a senior official of the protocoldepartment.
On Wednesday, Biden is scheduled to deliver a policy speech attheBSE, andthen hold aroundtablewithbusinessleaders and corporate honchos at Hotel Taj. On Thursday, he will interact with teachers and students at IIT-Bombay, Powai, before taking off for Singapore—the last leg of his visit to the SouthAsian region.
Mumbai police personnel will guard Biden, though he has his own security cover. “We are following the same security pattern used during US President Barack Obama’s visit three years ago.Asonelaneleading to thehotelwill remain closed, residents have been issued ID cards. Quick response team commandos will be posted around the hotel and Force One personnelwillbeon standby duty,” said an officer.
The Times of India, July 24, 2013