This year republic day celebrations will going to have a big guest. In a major step which will further help cement diplomatic ties between India and the United States of America, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited US President Barack Obama to be the chief guest at next year's Republic Day celebrations.Narendra Modi on Friday tweeted that he had invited US President Barack Obama to attend the upcoming Republic Day function as the chief guest.
"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," the PM tweeted.President Barack Obama also accepted his invite to visit India as chief guest of the Republic Day parade next year.
The White House also confirmed the visit in a return tweet. "At the invitation of Prime Minister Modi, the President would travel to India in January 2015 to participate in the Indian Republic Day celebration in New Delhi as the Chief Guest. This visit will mark the first time a US President will have the honour of attending Republic Day, which commemorates the adoption of India's Constitution. The President will meet with the Prime Minister and Indian officials to strengthen and expand the US-India strategic partnership," the White House press secretary said.
Earlier, PM Modi met President Obama in Washington when he travelled to the US to speak at the United Nations General Assembly.