Reports: Trump Turns Down India's Invite For Republic Day Celebrations

Reports: Trump Turns Down India

Reports: Trump Turns Down India's Invite For Republic Day Celebrations (file image)

New Delhi: Donald Trump, the president of the US has reportedly declined India's invitation to be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations. Earlier, the White House press secretary Sarah Sanders had confirmed Mr Trump received an invite to visit India. Ms Sanders told reporters at that time, "I know that the invitation has been extended, but I do not believe that a final decision has been made."

No official statement has been made by the foreign ministry. The American embassy in Delhi said only the White House can talk on the president's travel plans.

The US officials, for the last few weeks, have been indicating that Mr Trump would not fly to India in January as the State of the Union address is scheduled in the winter month.

Barack Obama, the former US president had came to India twice and also attended the Republic Day celebrations in 2015 on his second visit, despite the State of the Union address falling in January every year.

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The POTUS rejecting the invitation could be seen as a low point in India-US ties, despite the good rapport PM Modi and he appear to have in public.

Usually, a leader recieves a formal invite for Republic Day are sent after the leader has already confirmed his or her attendance. The government has been criticised for leaking the invitation letter to Mr Trump before a confirmation.

 

The US President declining India's invitation to be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations comes weeks after India and the US have had a rough time over a range of geopolitical issues. The Trump administration did not take, India's insistence on buying oil from Iran despite US sanctions on the oil-producing nation, well.

After PM Modi-led government decided to buy the Russian S-400 long-range missile system, which the US considers is within the scope of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. India and the US  had to navigate a complex issue of possible US sanctions . Arguably the world's deadliest surface-to-air missile, the S-400 missile system is believed to be the weapon can bring imbalance on the battlefield if it falls into the wrong hands. Russia's deployment of the missile system in Syria is seen as a threat to the West.

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