According to the sources, India and the US are in touch these days and US President Donald Trump has a plan to visit the country, yet the date, time and occasion are in consideration. Sources also added, that India was not exclusively waiting for his presence on the Republic Day as a chief guest but more options are also being explored.
India extended their invitation to the US president to visit on the occasion of Republic Day as a chief guest which was done during the meetings of both the parties.
Sarah Sanders, White House Press Secretary told that last week Trump received an invite from India but the decision has yet not been taken.
When asked Sarah about the invitation sent from PM Modi for the next year’s Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi, she replied, “The invitation has been sent to Trump but doesn’t know whether the final decision has been made or not”.
During their talks in June 2017, PM Modi invited Trump to visit India in the bilateral meeting held in Washington. If US President accepts the invitation from Modi, it is expected to give a strategic boost to their ties and in the areas of security, defense, and trade.
Every year, India invites the world’s best leaders to attend the Republic Day celebrations. In 2015, the United States President at that time was Barack Obama, who attended the Republic Day celebrations and visited India for the second time.
In 2016, the French President Francois Hollande was the chief guest in the Republic Day celebrations and in 2014, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was the chief guest.
In the year 2018, there were leaders from 10 ASEAN countries who visited India and attended Republic Day celebrations.
The leaders who have attended the Republic Day celebrations include Vladimir Putin, Jacques Chirac, John Major, Nicolas Sarkozy, Nelson Mandela, and Mohammed Khatami.