WASHINGTON: “I know that the invite has been extended, but I don’t believe that a final decision has been made,” the White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters when asked concerning reports that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited President Trump to be the Chief Guest at successive year’s Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi.
She said US Secretary of State mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis would be headed to New Delhi shortly for the first India-US 2+2 Dialogue with their Indian counterparts External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
“The 2+2 dialogue would begin discussion on the process of a presidential visit next year,” Ms. Sanders said at daily news conference.
“The united states and India have a deep and strategic partnership and we are going to continue to repose on that partnership and advance co-operation,” she said.
Ms. Sanders added “I think, you will see that within the meeting that may take place in September,”