US Prez Obama to hold talks with PM Modi during Republic Day visit

After accepting the Prime Minister's invitation to attend the Republic Day celebration in New Delhi, it is being reported that US Barack Obama will hold summit-level talks with Narendra Modi.

Updated: Jan 20, 2015, 17:47 PM IST

New Delhi: After accepting the Prime Minister's invitation to attend the Republic Day celebration in New Delhi, it is being reported that US Barack Obama will hold summit-level talks with Narendra Modi.

Reportedly, Obama visit to India spread over two days. The US President will arrive here on the morning of January 25 and depart on the night of the 26th as he is due in the US for the State of the Nation Address on January 28.

Obama's acceptance on PM Modi's invite is seen as an effort by the United States to forge new global partnership with India. 

As per sources, the decision to invite the US Prez was taken by PM Modi himself who decided to go beyond the MEA's list of potential invitees to seek to scale up the Republic Day celebrations by turning the event into a major diplomatic outreach.

This will be Obama's second visit to India. He had visited India in 2010 at the invitation of then prime minister Manmohan Singh and had addressed a joint session of Parliament.

Obama had earlier on September 29 hosted a private dinner for Prime Minister Modi at the White House during the latter's US visit.