Egyptian President El Sisi will be the chief guest on Republic Day this time, accepted PM Modi’s invitation
This step of India will prove to be helpful in strengthening bilateral relations with Egypt. With this, India’s reach to this major African country will be further strengthened. This year both countries have also celebrated their 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will be the chief guest of this year’s Republic Day celebrations. (File photo)
New Delhi: India’s Ministry of External Affairs said on Sunday that Egyptian President Abdel Fateh el-Sisi will be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations on January 26. “This is the first time that the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt will be the chief guest on our Republic Day,” the statement said. A formal invitation was sent to Al-Sisi by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which was received on October 16 by External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and handed over to the President of Egypt. Both countries are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations this year. The statement of the Ministry of External Affairs said that Egypt has been invited as a ‘guest country’ during India’s chairmanship of G-20 in 2022-23.
India and Egypt enjoy warm and friendly relations based on civilizational and deep-rooted people-to-people ties. Leaders of the Allied nations have graced the Republic Day celebrations since 1950 when the then Indonesian President Sukarno was invited as the chief guest. Republic Day celebrations in 1952, 1953, and 1966 were held without any foreign leader attending as the chief guest. In the year 2021, then-British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was invited as the chief guest, but he had to cancel his visit to India due to rising COVID-19 cases in the UK.
This year, India invited the leaders of five Central Asian republics to come to Delhi for the India-Central Asia Summit as chief guests for the Republic Day celebrations. However, the yatra was canceled due to rising COVID-19 cases in India. The India-Central Asia Summit was held in a virtual format. In 2018, the Republic Day parade was attended by the leadership of the entire Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), including 10 heads of state. In the year 2020, the then President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro was the chief guest. Former US President Barack Obama (2015), Russian President Vladimir Putin (2007), former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (2008), and François Hollande (2016) have also been chief guests at Republic Day celebrations in the past.
This step of India will prove to be helpful in strengthening bilateral relations with Egypt. With this, India’s reach to this major African country will be further strengthened. This year both countries have also celebrated their 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations. Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh recently also went on a tour of Egypt. During this, both of them met Egyptian President El Sisi and gave him the message of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Both visited Egypt in October this year.