Modi has invited Biden to be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Republic Day celebrations.
India welcomes foreign leaders to its Republic Day celebrations every year. During their bilateral discussion on the sidelines of the G20 summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited US President Joe Biden to be the Chief Guest for the Republic Day celebrations on January 26, US Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti said on Wednesday.
When asked if the Quad Summit was being planned in India at the same time, Garcetti said he was unaware of it. The Quad consists of India, the United States, Japan, and Australia. Next year, India will host the annual Quad summit. At an event, the US ambassador was asked about rumours that India is considering inviting Quad leaders to the Republic Day celebrations.
According to Garcetti, Prime Minister Modi invited US President Biden to the Republic Day celebrations during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit. The principal guest during this year’s Republic Day events was Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. India welcomes foreign leaders to its Republic Day celebrations every year. Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, there was no Republic Day Chief Guest in 2021 or 2022. In 2020, the principal guest was then-Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was the parade’s chief guest in 2019, while leaders from all ten ASEAN countries attended in 2018. The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, was the primary guest at the celebrations in 2017, while then-French President Francois Hollande attended in 2016. Former US President Barack Obama attended the parade in 2015.
The parade’s primary guest in 2014 was then-Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, while Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck attended in 2013. Nicolas Sarkozy, Vladimir Putin, Nelson Mandela, John Major, Mohammed Khatami, and Jacques Chirac are among the other heads of state and government who have attended the Republic Day ceremonies. The ceremonies were attended by then-British Prime Minister John Major in 1993, Nelson Mandela as then-South African President in 1995, and South Korean President Lee Myung Bak in 2010.