The decision has finally arrived and the US President Donald Trump has turned down India’s request to attend its 70th Republic Day celebrations in 2019.
Various media reports pointed out that the US authorities have communicated the decision in a letter to National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval.
India had earlier extended the invite to former US President Obama and he did attend taking the relations to new heights.
India was this time also confident that Trump would attend the Republic Day function in New Delhi.
US in August said that it got an invitation from the Indian authorities but a decision was not taken then.
However, the decision was communicated to Indian authorities with just three months left the ceremony.
It is also said that the letter received by Doval reportedly carried a regret message.
It is speculated that the Trump turned down the request because of his home commitments especially the State of the Union Address to the joint session of the US Congress.
Also, India and US do not see eye to eye on India’s decision to buy five S-400 Triumf missile system from Russia for $5.4-billion. After PM Modi and President Vladimir Putin signed the deal during the latter’s visit to India early last month (October 5).
India has so far also refused to stop or cut oil supplies from Iran despite US’ warning to India and other countries to bring down its imports from Tehran to zero by November 4, 2018.>