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Trump unlikely to accept PM Modi's Republic Day invitation: Sources

The sources said India has already shortlisted names of two-three heads of states for extending the invitation to be chief guest at the Republic Day parade

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Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

US President Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters

US is unlikely to accept India's invitation to be the chief guest at the celebrations, sources said Sunday.

The US is understood to have conveyed to that may not be able to honour the invitation as he will have pressing engagements, including his (SOTU) address, around the time will celebrate its

This comes at a time when Indo-US ties have witnessed some strain after went ahead and sealed a deal with to procure a batch of S-400 air defence missile systems, notwithstanding US threat of punitive action under CAATSA (Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act).

The sources said has already shortlisted names of two-three heads of states for extending invitation to be chief guest at the parade.

Earlier this year, the US announced sanctions against under CAATSA for its alleged meddling in the American in 2016.

Under CAATSA, the US can punish entities and governments engaged in transaction with the defence or intelligence establishment of

India and the US were in touch with each other over New Delhi's invite to to visit the country.

The sources indicated that India was not exclusively looking at Trump's presence at the Republic Day celebrations and that various other options were also being explored.

In July, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that Trump has received an invitation to visit India, but no decision has been taken yet.

"I know that the invitation has been extended, but I do not believe that a final decision has been made," Sanders had told reporters

Prime Minister had invited Trump for a bilateral visit to India during their talks in in June 2017.

Every year, India invites world leaders to attend its Republic Day celebrations.

In 2015, the then US had attended it as the chief guest which was his second visit to India as American president.

This year, leaders from 10 ASEAN countries had attended the Republic Day celebrations.

In 2016, the then French president was the chief guest of the parade while Japanese Prime Minister was the chief guest at the celebrations in 2014.

The heads of state and government who have attended the Republic Day celebrations include Nicolas Sarkozy, Vladimir Putin, Nelson Mandela, John Major, Mohammed Khatami and Jacques Chirac.

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First Published: Mon, October 29 2018. 01:10 IST