On Wednesday, US Ambassador Eric Garcetti announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended an invitation to President Joe Biden to attend the Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi on January 26 next year.
According to the announcement by the US Ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti, President Joe Biden has officially received an invitation to participate in India’s Republic Day celebrations on January 26 in the national capital.
Beyond the Republic Day invitation, India and the United States reached a significant milestone by settling the seventh and final outstanding dispute within the World Trade Organization (WTO). What’s particularly noteworthy is that the six prior disputes were also effectively resolved during Prime Minister Modi’s state visit to the United States, underscoring the strong foundation of the bilateral relationship.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi warmly received United States President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., in India today, underscoring the enduring and strong partnership between the two nations. Both leaders expressed their gratitude for the substantial strides made in implementing the groundbreaking agreements and initiatives that resulted from Prime Minister Modi’s historic visit to Washington in June 2023,” stated the joint India-US declaration.
Additionally, PM Modi and President Biden reaffirmed the crucial role of the Quad in promoting a free, open, inclusive, and resilient Indo-Pacific region.
The choice of the chief guest for Republic Day celebrations is a meticulous process, with due consideration given to India’s strategic, diplomatic, and economic priorities, as well as its bilateral relationships with the country in question.
Noteworthy individuals who have graced the occasion as chief guests in the past include Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in January 2023, former US President Barack Obama in 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2007, and former French Presidents Nicholas Sarkozy in 2008 and Francois Hollande in 2016.