President Obama hosts his first official visit of a foreign leader on Tuesday when he welcomes Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India to the White House. Prime Minister Singh and his wife will be greeted in the morning on the South Lawn by the President and First Lady. The two leaders will have a meeting in the Oval Office and then hold a joint news conference later in the morning. But the big event is the evening's State dinner in honor of the Prime Minister and his wife before a few hundred gathered guests. There have been so many invitations sent out to Washington elite that the event will be held in a tent on the South Lawn.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says India was chosen as country for the first official visit because of the importance of its relationship with the United States. Gibbs told reporters at tuesday's briefing that India is in a very important region of the world and the two countries share a host of issues such as counterterrorism, economic recovery and world economy. India also plays an important role in energy and climate change.