Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to be Chief Guest at India's Republic Day celebrations

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According to the Ministry of External Affairs, Egypt President Abdel Fattah El Sisi will be the chief guest at the 74th Republic Day celebrations.

An overview of the news

  • He will pay a state visit to India from the 24th to the 26th of this month.

  • This is the first time that the President of Egypt has been invited as the chief guest on the Republic Day 2023 of India.

  • A 180-member strong contingent of the Egyptian Army will also participate in the Republic Day parade.

  • The President of Egypt had earlier visited India in October 2015 to attend the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit, followed by a state visit in September 2016.

  • President Sisi will have a bilateral meeting and delegation-level talks with PM Modi on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest. 

  • Abdel Fattah Sisi is a former Army officer who was elected as the president of Egypt t in 2014 and was re-elected in 2018.

About Republic Day Celebration 

  • Every year Republic day is observed on 26 January. It was on this day the constitution of India was promulgated in 1950 and India became a republic.

  • The President of India presides over the Republic day functions. It is customary to invite a foreign country leader as an honoured guest at the Republic day function.

  • In 1955 Rajpath (Now Kartavya Path) became the permanent place for the Republic day parade. 

  • The Chief Guest was the Governor-General of Pakistan Malik Ghulam Muhammad.

  • President of Indonesia, Sukarno was the first guest at 1950 Republic day parade.

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