New Delhi, Nov 21: US President Barack Obama accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invite to be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations. Obama will be the first US President to be the ‘Guest of Honour’ on January 26.
The Prime Minister on Friday invited President Obama to be Chief Guest at the Republic Day. Modi 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”.
According to reports, the US President’s acceptance of Modi’s invite is seen as Obama’s effort to forge new global partnership with India.
A top official in the Obama administration reportedly said that US-India relationship has come “a remarkable distance”, terming PM Modi’s US visit as “extraordinarily successful”.
“We’ve just had the extraordinarily successful visit of Prime Minister Modi here to the United States, and an agenda that is working across virtually every issue of importance to us with India that we’re carrying forward,” Anthony Blinken, nominee for US Deputy Secretary of State, reportedly told Senators during his confirmation hearing.
Obama had earlier visited India in 2010 at the invitation of then prime minister Manmohan Singh and had addressed a joint session of Parliament.
Earlier this month, Obama had praised Prime Minister Modi by referring to him as a ‘man of action’. The US President used the phrase during a gala dinner hosted for the leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Asia Summit (EAS) member countries in Nay Pyi Taw.
When PM Modi had visited the US, President Obama had hosted a private dinner for Indian Prime Minister at the White House on September 29.
India-US bilateral relations have developed into a global strategic partnership, based on increasing convergence of interests on bilateral, regional and global issues.
Regular exchange of high-level political visits coupled with wide-ranging dialogue architecture has enabled sustained momentum to bilateral cooperation and helped establish a long-term framework for India-US global strategic partnership.
The bilateral cooperation is now broad-based and multi-sectoral, covering trade and investment, defence and security, education, science and technology, cyber security, high technology, civil nuclear energy, space technology and applications, clean energy, environment, agriculture and health.
(With Agency Inputs)