Modi government invites Trump to attend India's Republic Day celebrations next year
India has officially extended President Trump an invitation to attend Republic Day celebrations next year.
Former president Barack Obama had attended India's glittering Republic Day parade on 26th January, 2015 during his three-day visit to the country amid much fanfare.
Obama was the first US president to attend India's Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath.
PM Modi and Obama attended the colourful ceremony on that rainy day with the new Modi government determined to push ahead Indo-US ties.
However, the White House said the final decision on Trump's presence at the Republic Day celebrations was still "undecided".
The US this week elevated India at par with Nato allies after granting the Modi government Strategic Trade Authorization status (STA-1) status allowing the country to import high tech defence machines including non-defence products.
Further, in its South-Asia push, the US has consistenly implored India to play a greater role in Afghanistan with increased incidents of terror-related activities in the country.