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A first for Egypt: How chief guests are picked for Republic Day celebrations

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi will be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi this year.

January 26, 2023 / 08:35 AM IST

India has invited Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi to be the Chief Guest for its Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi on January 26, — an honour that symbolises the growing momentum in relations between the two countries and India’s desire to enlarge its footprint in the West Asia-North Africa region.

This will be the first Republic Day celebration in two years, as the Covid-19 pandemic had led to the suspension of the function.

The two countries enjoyed a strong bond when Gamal Abdul Nasser was President of Egypt and Jawaharlal Nehru was Prime Minister of India and were close partners in the Non-aligned Movement.

Nasser visited India in 1960 and got a tumultuous and warm reception from the government and people of India.