American presidents have entertained India's leaders over fine wine and even finer food for the past 60 years - at grand White House dinners with hundreds of guests in black-tie, at an intimate Sunday lunch and away from Washington's prying eyes near a storied Civil War battlefield.
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At his first White House state dinner on Tuesday, President Barack Obama will put his stamp on the tradition the White House uses to honour foreign leaders.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is coming for a state visit and all that it entails - a pomp-filled welcome ceremony on the South Lawn, private time with Obama, a joint news conference and, in the evening, the state dinner, to be held outside for 320 people.
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Image: In this April 2, 2009 file photo President Barack Obama meets with India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the G-20 summit at the ExCel Centre in London. India has watched with wariness as President Barack Obama's administration has lavished attention on rivals Pakistan and China. Now, Obama is trying to ease Indian worries by honouring Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday Nov. 24, 2009 with the first state visit of his presidency.