Donald Trump yet to decide on PM Modi’s invitation to visit India in 2019: White House

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The White House on Wednesday said that US President Donald Trump was yet to decide on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation to be the Chief Guest at 2019 Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi.

"I know that the invitation has been extended, but I do not believe that a final decision has been made," the White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at a daily press briefing when asked about India’s invitation.

Sanders said that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis will soon be headed to New Delhi for the first ever 2+2 dialogue with their Indian counterparts Sushma Swaraj and Nirmala Sitharaman.

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"The 2+2 dialogue would begin discussion on the process of a presidential visit next year," she said.

Sanders hailed Indo-US strategic partnership and said that both countries will strengthen their partnership and advance bilateral co-operation.

"The United States and India have a deep and strategic partnership and we are going to continue to build on that partnership and advance co-operation," she added.

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