The president of the United States Donald Trump has reportedly declined the invitation to be the chief guest for the 70th Republic day celebration to be held on 26th January 2019.
Mr. Trump turning down the invitation could be seen as a low point in India-US ties, despite the good rapport PM Modi and Trump appear to have in public.
US has allegedly been dejected with the idea of India signing the S-400 missile system deal with Russia.
Earlier this month during the visit of Russian president Vladimir Putin, India has hitherto signed the deals for five such systems.
Barring this, India’s insistence on buying oil from Iran despite US sanctions on the oil-producing nation was not taken well by the Trump administration.
It has been comprehended that the reason behind Trump turning down the invitation is because he had other commitments on the same day.
Trump reportedly has to address the gathering at the State of the Union (SOTU) and its timing squabble with the Republic Day Celebration.
Although when the former US president Barack Obama visited India in 2015 for the Republic Day Celebration, the SOTU address had been rescheduled.
The date of the monologue has not been determined yet most probably has to be done between January 22 and the first week of February.