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Obama to attend Republic Day 2015 as Chief Guest

New Delhi, Nov 22: Prime Minister Narendra Modi played another masterstroke by inviting US president Barack Obama as the chief guest on the Republic Day celebration in India. Obama quickly responded to his invitation giving his nod.

Modi, who is known for his unpredictable thoughts and influences people with his unconventional ideas and approach, has stunned the world once again with his diplomacy to strengthen the ties between two superpower nations by sending the invitation to the White House on the occasion of Republic Day.

Modi tweeted thus on Friday: "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."

Obama's acceptance was conveyed promptly by the White House Press Secretary as follows: "At the invitation of Prime Minister Modi, the President will travel to India in January 2015 to participate in the Indian Republic Day celebration in New Delhi as the Chief Guest. This visit will mark the first time a U.S. president will have the honor of attending Republic Day, which commemorates the adoption of India’s constitution. The President will meet with the Prime Minister and Indian officials to strengthen and expand the US-India strategic partnership."

Syed Akbaruddin, spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs, made a statement saying,"You are aware PM had very successful visit to US in September, following his return from there as a personal initiative in one of his conversations he did extend an invitation to President Obama to be chief guest at next republic day celebrations".

"President Obama will be the first US president to come to India second time in his term of office and we will now look forward to this development which stems from the initiative of our PM which followed there bilateral meeting in Washington", he added.

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