Obama Likely to Attend 2015 Republic Day Celebration, Deepen US-India Ties

The Republic Day Celebration of 2015 may witness the presence of US President Barack Obama, who will be the first US President to attend the day. It seems to be an opportunity to US-India ties.

According to a statement from India’s Ministry of External Affairs, Obama will be the first US president to visit India twice during his term of office. It said, "We look forward to this development which stems from the initiative of our Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) following their bilateral meeting in Washington."

Meanwhile Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited the President to be the chief guest at the 66th Republic Day Parade this year. Regarding the invitation, the White House tweeted, “At the invitation of Prime Minister Modi, the President will travel to India in January 2015 to participate in the Indian Republic Day celebration in New Delhi as the Chief Guest.

However, on his micro blogging site, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "This Republic Day, we hope to have a friend over. Invited President Obama to be the 1st US President to grace the occasion as Chief Guest."

As per a tweet by National Security Officer, "First time a US President is to attend Republic Day (celebrations), which commemorates the adoption of India’s constitution. We are committed to strengthening and expanding the US India strategic partnership." She said that Obama is preparing his trip according to which he can participate in the Indian Republic Day celebration.

According to reports, another tweet from an official said, "President Obama is honored to be going to India in January as the Chief Guest for Indian Republic Day. Sign of our close ties and friendship."

Two months ago, Modi has visited US where he had hold bilateral meeting with Obama. Obama had hosted a private dinner for Modi. Modi had also gifted a special edition of the Gita with a khadi silk cover to the President during his visit.

However, the visit of the US President gives hopes to bolster economic ties between the countries. The visit seems to be an achievement for Modi, who had been denied the visa and was blacklisted in 2005 over the Gujarat riots for his alleged role as the Chief Minister of the state in 2002.

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