It is a 'genuine honour' for US President Barack Obama to be the chief guest at the Republic Day parade and witness India's national day celebrations firsthand, the White House has said.
"The President is very much looking forward to this visit. It is a genuine honour to be invited as guest for Republic Day. He is looking forward to traveling there to see the festivities associated with Republic Day firsthand.
"We've got many colourful descriptions about the parade and other festivities that go along with marking this important day," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told media persons at his daily news conference. Obama has not attended any national day ceremonies of any other countries.