Military parade and camels covered with flower garlands: India celebrated Monday in the rain the Republic Day with the US president as a guest, symbol of friendship between the two countries.

On a visit to New Delhi on Tuesday, Barack Obama is the first US president in office to be the guest of honor at the parade celebrated every January 26 the entry into force of the post-colonial Constitution of India in 1950.

Barack Obama and his wife Michelle were welcomed in light rain by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, wearing an imposing multicolored turban. Both men attended the parade from a dais surrounded by bulletproof glass.

The Indian capital was placed under tight security for the parade, a colorful parade of the Indian military power and its cultural diversity.

No plane could not fly over the area and snipers were positioned on rooftops along the route while 15,000 surveillance cameras were installed.

Indian forces have deployed a wide range of military equipment, many Russian-made, while each state of the country was in the form of a flower and animated picture.

Eagerly awaited by the public, custody rise of the border police parade on camels covered with flower garlands.

The presence of US President embodies a turning point in the relations of the US with the new Indian leader who was still persona non grata there a year in Washington.

On Sunday, Obama and Modi stressed their friendship and trust, but outside of a revival of cooperation in the civil nuclear, this first day of meetings did not result in any major announcement.

“Relations between countries depend little dots and commas (on paper) but a lot of relations between their leaders, the chemistry between them,” argued the Indian Prime Minister.

“Barack and I have developed a real friendship,” he added, noting that it would help to bring “Washington and New Delhi, but also the peoples of both countries.”

The agreement between the two marks a change of atmosphere in US-Indian relations, which had deteriorated in late 2013 due to a dispute over the fate of an Indian diplomat arrested in New York.

In addition, for a decade, the United States had had no contact with Modi, who was denied a visa in 2005 because of anti-Muslim riots that bloodied the state of Gujarat in 2002 he led.

Sunday the two leaders pledged to further cooperation in the civil nuclear power.

They also discussed the issue of climate change. India is the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases after China and the United States, two countries that have concluded there two months an agreement on the level of emissions.

Obama and Modi promised to cooperate but New Delhi has refrained from making commitments to approach the global climate summit to be held in December in Paris.

The two leaders must address Monday at an audience of patrons during an event organized by the US-India Business Council. Modi launched a major advertising campaign to attract foreign investment.

Trade between the two giants have almost quintupled since 2000 and now stands at $ 100 billion per year. The stated objective is to multiply by Washington again that by five over the coming years.

The US president was initially visit the Taj Mahal Tuesday but canceled his trip to visit Saudi Arabia to meet the new Salman king.