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Barack Obama to be chief guest on Republic Day

US President Barack Obama has accepted the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be the chief guest at the 2015 Republic Day celebrations.

“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,” Modi tweeted.

Obama had earlier this month praised Prime Minister Modi by referring to him as a ‘man of action’. Obama used the phrase during a gala dinner hosted for the leaders from with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Asia Summit (EAS) member countries in Nay Pyi Taw.

Obama had earlier on September 29 hosted a private dinner for Prime Minister Modi at the White House during the latter’s U.S. visit.

India-U.S. bilateral relations have developed into a global strategic partnership, based on increasing convergence of interests on bilateral, regional and global issues.

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.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 21, 2014

Regular exchange of high-level political visits coupled with wide ranging dialogue architecture has enabled sustained momentum to bilateral cooperation and helped establish a long-term framework for India-U.S. global strategic partnership.

The bilateral cooperation is now broad-based and multi-sectoral, covering trade and investment, defence and security, education, science and technology, cyber security, high technology, civil nuclear energy, space technology and applications, clean energy, environment, agriculture and health.

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