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Egyptian President to be the chief guest at R-Day on 26 January

This would be the first time that an Egyptian President would be the chief guest at India’s Republic Day, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi will be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations on 26 January 2023, it was officially announced here today.

This would be the first time that an Egyptian President would be the chief guest at India’s Republic Day, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.

India and Egypt enjoy warm and friendly relations based on civilisational and deep-rooted people-to-people ties.

Both countries are celebrating the 75th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations this year. Egypt has been invited as a ‘guest country’ during India’s Presidency of G-20 in 2022-23.

India had not invited any foreign dignitary as chief guest for the Republic Day in 2021 and 2022 owing to Covid-19.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had visited Egypt last month and extended a formal invite to President Al Sisi for the Republic Day on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.