Obama Accepts Modi’s Invitation to Be Chief Guest for Republic Day Parade
Prime Minister Narendra Modi proves once again that he is a very popular political figure of the world. He has invited the United States President Barrack Obama to be the chief Guest of the Republic Day celebrations in India on the 26th of January 2015. He has surprised many political figures and diplomats all across the globe with this invite. He has made a very well calculated move by inviting Obama for the Republic Day celebrations.
This invite was aimed at sending a strong message to India’s neighbor, China who has been testing India’s patience with border disobedience for some time now. President Barrack Obama will be the first President of the United States to grace the Republic Day celebrations in India as the chief guest. This is a move that signals that the relationship between India and the United States is a strong one and their ties are moving in the right direction. Obama’s visit can also be considered as a follow up visit of Narendra Modi to Washington last month.
PM Modi was the first one to break the news on his Twitter handle and he 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.” The White House also confirmed the participation of Obama for the event. It took to Twitter to make its announcement, “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.” This was the message posted by White House press secretary.
The White House statement also said that the President Obama will meet the Indian Prime Minister as well as the Indian officials to work out strategies to strengthen and further expand US- India strategic partnership. The US officials and Congressional sources are quite happy that President Obama has decided to visit India during the time of the annual State of the Union address where the President will be presenting his annual report at a joint session of the Congress.
Modi had invited President Obama during his meeting with the President at the White House in October, but nothing substantial came out after that invite. On his return, Modi once again invited Obama to visit India during one of their meetings. A formal letter was sent and Obama accepted the invitation. Obama will be making a record of sorts if the visits India in January 2015 as he will be the first President of US to visit India twice while holding the office of the President.