His visit would be preceded by Kerry's Ahmedabad visit to attend the Vibrant Gujarat Summit. Thereafter Kerry is likely to travel to Pakistan for U.S.-Pak Strategic Dialogue. And sometime in February Obama would host the new Afghan leadership- President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Dr Abdullah Abdullah- at the White House. A formal announcement of Kerry's trip to India and Pakistan and that of Afghan leadership to the US has not been made yet.
But the three high-profile visits reflects the foreign policy priority of the U.S. President as he enters the last two years of his presidency.
Under the U.S. constitution, Obama who was first elected as the U.S. President in 2008 and then re-elected in 2012, cannot run for a third term. Obama himself is looking forward to his second trip to India and before he left for his annual vacation had issued instruction to his officials to work on specific deliverables to realise the true potential of India-U.S. Strategic relationship in the 21st century. The first non-white American President, Obama has accepted an invitation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the Republic Day Parade on January 26. He is the first U.S. President to do so. He is also the first American President to visit India twice.