US President Barack Obama will be the Chief Guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations. This will be the first time a US President will attend the function. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had invited Mr Obama yesterday. He said on Twitter that India hopes to have President Obama as the first US President to grace the occasion as Chief Guest.
Soon after, the White House said that the President will travel to India to participate in the Indian Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest also said that Mr Obama will meet with the Prime Minister and Indian officials to strengthen and expand the US-India strategic partnership.
Obama would also be the first ever US President to travel to India twice. His maiden visit was in 2010 when addressed a joint session of Parliament and students in Mumbai.
The trip assumes significance as Obama would be visiting India at a time, when the President normally gives his annual State of the Union Address to the Congress.
In a brief interaction with the Prime Minister in Myanmar during the East Asia Summit recently, Obama had described Mr Modi as a ‘Man of Action’.