US President Donald Trump has been invited as the chief guest for next year’s Republic Day parade.
The invitation was sent in April and the Trump administration has indicated that it is favourably considering the proposal, a Times of India report said.
The invitation, which comes a year after 10 ASEAN leaders were invited for the celebrations will be seen as a move to bolster bilateral ties.
If Trump accepts the invitation, will be the second US president to grace the occasion. In 2015, his predecessor, Barak Obama attend the parade.
The invitation comes against the backdrop of tensions over tariffs, with US asking India to cut oil imports from Iran. New Delhi acquiring S-400 missile defence system from Russia and the postponement of the much anticipated 2+2 talks also put ties in a limbo.