Donald Trump India visit date: Will US President attend Republic Day celebrations as Chief Guest? White House drops big hint

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Donald Trump India visit date: The much-awaited potential visit of US President Donald Trump is on the track and the final decision in this regard is likely to be taken next month, according to reports. The White House has said that President Trump has received an invitation to visit India even as it asserted that no decision has been taken yet. I know that the invitation has been extended, but I do not believe that a final decision has been made, the White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters when asked about reports that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited Trump to be the Chief Guest at the next years Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi. She said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis would be headed to New Delhi soon for the first India-US 2+2 Dialogue with their Indian counterparts External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The 2+2 dialogue would begin discussion on the process of a presidential visit next year, Sanders said at daily press conference. The United States and India have a deep and strategic partnership and we are going to continue to build on that partnership and advance co-operation. I think, you will see that in the meeting that would take place in September, Sanders said. According to reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had invited Trump to be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations next year. Reports said that a invite was sent in April. Earlier in 2015, former President Barack Obama travelled to New Delhi to attend the celebrations on January 26, his second visit in eight years of Presidency.