US President Donald Trump will not be able to attend India’s Republic Day celebrations next year due to scheduling constraints, said the White House.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had invited Trump as the Chief Guest for the bilateral visit to India.
Earlier in July, Sarah Sanders, White House Press Secretary said that President Trump has received an invitation to visit India, but no decision was taken then.
When questioned about Trump’s decision on an invitation, White House spokesperson answered, “President Trump was honoured by Prime Minister Modi’s invitation for him to be Chief Guest of India’s Republic Day on January 26, 2019, but is unable to participate due to scheduling constraints.”
Donald Trump and Narendra Modi will attend the G-20 Summit in Argentina scheduled on 30th November and 1st December.
Probably, the two leaders are expected to discuss bilateral relationship there.
Leaders from around the globe are invited by India every year to attend its Republic Day celebrations.
In 2016, the then French president Francois Hollande had attended the R-Day celebration as the chief guest.
And in 2015, Barack Obama, the then US President was the chief guest at the celebrations while in 2014, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was the chief guest of the parade.