Donald Trump, president of United States, has declined the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for 70th Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi, India.
In April this year, Modi government has sent an invitation to Trump asking him to be the chief guest for 2019's Republic Day parade. The US authorities also confirmed receiving invitation from India but the decision will be declared only after the 2+2 dialogue meeting in September.
According to the report by a national media, the US authorities have sent out an official letter to Indian National security advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval informing about the absence of Trump. The relation between US and India has not been in a good health considering India's defence purchases and the oil imports from Iran.
In his letter, Trump has conveyed 'regrets' for not being able to attend and offered the following reasons for his decision: "some domestic commitments, including state of union address around that time."