PM Modi invites Obama to grace Republic Day celebrations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited good friend US President Barack Obama as a chief guest at the Republic Day parade. Obama is the first US President to grace the occasion. This also sends a clear signal that India and the US are keen to begin a new chapter in all spheres of international diplomacy. This comes on the sidelines of G-20 Summit recently held in Australia and the East Asia Summit held in Myanmar.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said he had invited the US President Barack Obama. 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.'

According to news reports, the US National Security Council tweeted 'President Obama will travel to India in January 2015 to participate in Indian Republic Day celebration as Chief Guest.'

Obama had in fact called PM Modi, a 'Man of Action' during the meeting on the sidelines the East Asia Summit in Myanmar capital Nay Pyi Taw, followed by an announcement of an Indo-US agreement on the WTO.

 

Meanwhile, after accepting India’s invite to attend the Republic Day celebrations, the US President telephoned Pakistani Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif informing him about his forthcoming visit to India. However, the invite did not go down well with the Pakistani leader as he urged Obama to take up the Kashmir issue with the Indian leadership when he travels to India in January 2015.

'The Prime Minister also urged President Obama to take up the cause of Kashmir with the Indian leadership, as its early resolution would bring enduring peace, stability and economic cooperation to Asia,' said a Pakistan Prime Minister’s Office statement on the discussions between the two leaders.

Sharif also alleged that India subsequently took 'unfortunate steps, including cancellation of Foreign Secretary-level talks' and 'firing across the LoC resulting in civilian casualties' which showed that 'India was averse to normalisation of relations with Pakistan.'

PM Sharif said Pakistan 'remains open to the resumption of bilateral dialogue, the onus is on India to create a conducive environment in this regard'.

Courtesy Niti Central

 


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