First Lady Obama to host closed-press tea for Mrs. Gursharan Kaur...
Washington, DC - As President Barack Obama welcomes Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India to the White House on Friday, First Lady Michelle Obama will host a tea for Mrs. Gursharan Kaur, the Prime Minister's wife, the East Wing announced today. It is the Indian couple's first visit to Washington since President Obama honored the Prime Minister with the first State Visit and State Dinner of his Administration in November of 2009. (Above, in the Oval Office during the visit)
The President and Mrs. Obama visited the Prime Minister
and Mrs. Kaur in India in 2010, which included a dinner in the President's honor at the Prime Minister's New Delhi residence.
President Obama "is looking forward" to Friday's Oval Office meeting, which "will highlight India’s role in regional security and stability and
provide an opportunity for the two leaders to chart a course toward
enhanced trade, investment, and development cooperation between the
United States and India," the White House said.
The day will include a closed-press working luncheon, and brief media interaction.
Mrs. Obama's tea with Mrs. Kaur, 75, will also be closed to press, the East Wing said. It will be in the private residence, according to a Senior Administration Official.
"This is a distinctive feature and unusual and reflects the closeness of the relationship, both in terms of the nations and also the personal relationship," the official said.
Mrs. Kaur is also expected to attend the swearing-in ceremony for Sri Srinivasan, named by President Obama as a Judge for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Srinivasan is "the first South Asian American to serve as a circuit court judge in our nation’s history," President Obama said after Srinivasan was confirmed by the Senate.
The Prime Minister and Mrs. Kaur arrived on Thursday afternoon at Andrews Air Force Base, where they were met by acting Deputy Chief of Protocol Rosemarie Pauli.
*Photo by Pete Souza/White House