US President Donald Trump “looks forward” to visiting India but the timing will depend on his other commitments, according to a senior State Department official. “I am certain that President Trump looks forward to being able to visit India at an appropriate time,” Alice Wells, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia, in an interview. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited Trump to be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations next year.
Asked if Trump would come to the celebrations or would schedule his visit for another time, Wells said that the White House will decide to take into account “both the domestic commitments he has here in the US as well as overseas.”
Wells pointed to the steady stream of US officials who visit India as a symbol of the close ties between the two countries at the official level. “I think we have over 40 major dialogues that take place between our government agencies and departments.” PM Modi first met Trump in Washington in 2017, and also at other multilateral meetings. A military parade is the centre of the Republic Day celebrations and Trump has been a fan of such parades and wants the US to have one, too. While these parades are held annually across the world as part of patriotic celebrations, the US does not have one.