White House’s response awaited over pre-invite to Trump for Republic Day

New Delhi: Donald Trump could become the second US president after Barack Obama to grace Republic Day Celebration as the chief guest, if he accepts the pre-invite from India.

As per reports, there has been no formal response yet from the White House despite repeated attempts from the external affairs ministry.

It is part of regular drill to figure out whether it’s convenient for a potential Republic Day chief guest to visit India around the occasion in January. In case the dignitary is affirmative, the pre-invite is followed by a formal invitation.

Obama was the chief guest on Republic Day in 2015.

Meanwhile, the defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that the 2+2 dialogue with the US between their foreign and defence ministers, which was postponed this month would now take place in the first week of September.

“The 2+2 dialogue with the US is to happen in the first week of September. The agenda will be to develop and strengthen strategic defence cooperation and to follow on with what had transpired during the meeting with US defence secretary Jim Mattis,” the minister said.