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Modi invites Donald Trump to be chief guest for Republic Day 2019: Report

BS Web Team/New Delhi 13 Jul 18 | 08:53 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting US President Donald Trump in Washington DC. Photo: PTI

India has invited US President Donald Trump to be the chief guest for next year's Republic Day parade, the Times of India reported on Friday.  

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An official response from the US is still awaited.

However, in the past few weeks, Washington is said to have indicated to New Delhi that the Trump administration is favourably considering the invite, the daily reported. The invite was sent in April and followed up by several rounds of diplomatic engagement.    

The invitation by the Narendra Modi government comes amid difference with the US over trade tariffs and the latter's sanctions on Iran.   

Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, was the chief guest for the 2015 Republic Day parade and celebrations. 

Leaders of all the 10 countries of the ASEAN bloc were the chief guests for the 2018 parade.     

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