India invites US President Trump on Republic Day 2019

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India extended an invitation to United States President Donald Trump to be the special guest on the Republic Day 2019. However, US Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said no decision has been taken on the matter yet.

“I know that the invitation has been extended, but I do not believe that a final decision has been made,” Sarah Sanders, the White House Press Secretary, said when asked about reports that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited President Trump to be the Chief Guest at the next year’s Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi.

During a press briefing, Sanders also confirmed that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis would be visiting India next month for 2+2 dialogue and will also discuss the process of a presidential visit next year.

“The 2+2 dialogue would begin discussion on the process of a presidential visit next year,” she said.

She further added, “The United States and India have a deep and strategic partnership and we are going to continue to build on that partnership and advance co-operation.”