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India pomp for Key welcome

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/10/2016

Prime Minister John Key has been formally welcomed to India in a short but visually spectacular ceremony in the capital New Delhi.

The 15-minute ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the magnificent president's house, on Wednesday morning involved a mounted escort for Mr Key and him inspecting the guard in the grounds of the palace.

Mr Key, accompanied by his wife Bronagh, followed up with a short statement to media about his visit.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered the media a quick wave alongside Mr Key before the ceremony ended.

The pair will meet later in the day, where Mr Key has said he will push for progress in a bilateral free-trade deal between the two countries.

A statement is expected following the meeting, but neither will answer questions following that.

Mr Key may elaborate at a short stand up towards the end of the afternoon.

He is leading a 35-strong trade delegation on a four-day trip to India, which has been shortened to two-and-a-half after the RNZAF 757 broke down in Townsville and a replacement had to be flown from Auckland.

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