This time India has invited Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to attend the Republic Day of 2023 as the chief guest. Which has been accepted by President al-Sisi.
Republic Day 2023: On 26 January 1950, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India, announced the historic birth of the Republic of India by unfurling the Indian national flag after taking a 21-gun salute. On this day the Constitution of India came into force in the country. Since then this day is celebrated as a national festival. On many occasions, the heads of state of other countries have also been invited as chief guests in the Republic Day parade and this time the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah El Sisi, has been invited.
Why are guests invited on Republic Day?
The tradition of calling the chief guest on Republic Day is old. However, the President or Prime Minister of any country is not chosen as a guest just like that. The process of which guest will come starts six months in advance and this entire process is done by the Ministry of External Affairs.
What kind of relation India has with that country, it is seen like- economic, political, strategic relations etc. The ministry then selects a country through a long process, taking several factors into consideration.
After this the approval of the Prime Minister and then the President is taken. After this the invitation is sent by the officials. The main objective of inviting a foreign leader on the occasion of Republic Day in India is to promote bilateral relations and to showcase the diversity and richness of Indian culture.
Who is Abdel Fateh al-Sisi
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was born on 19 November 1954. He is the sixth President of Egypt. In the year 2014, he became the President of Egypt for the first time and in the year 2018, he again held power there.
Prior to this, President El Sisi was also the Deputy Prime Minister of Egypt from 2013-2014. In the year 2012-13, he has also served as the Defense Minister. In addition, President al-Sisi has also been a senior officer in the military and was promoted to field marshal.
President al-Sisi’s father was a businessman producing furniture, seashells and decorative wood ornaments. His whole family is very religious. Media reports often claim that President al-Sisi, who grew up in a street on the edge of the Jewish quarter of Cairo’s Old City, memorized the Quran. The current President of Egypt, who traveled life with less money, was ambitious as well as sharp in studies. It was this ambition that drew him to the Egyptian Military Academy for studies.
What is the connection between President al-Sisi and Prime Minister Modi
There are many similarities between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Egyptian President El Sisi. The most important thing is that both of them came to power in 2014 and became famous in their respective countries. Along with this, in the second term also, both the leaders not only got clear but huge majority and public support.
At the same time, in the year 2016, Prime Minister Modi and President Al-Sisi have met. At that time, both the leaders had decided to increase mutual defense and security cooperation in a big way to deal with challenges like terrorism and extremism.
Trump had told ‘favorite dictator’
According to The Wall Street Journal, in the year 2019, a bilateral meeting between the then US President Donald Trump and President al-Sisi was scheduled. During that time President Trump had said that where is my favorite dictator? However, the White House refused to say anything on this statement of Donald Trump.
Who became the guest of Republic Day every now and then
In 1950, Indonesian President Sukarno was the first foreign guest of India on Republic Day. Who was called as the chief guest in the Republic Day parade. After this, Prime Minister and President of many countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, United Kingdom, Japan, Russia, China, Denmark, Cambodia, Bulgaria, Belgium, Mauritius, France, Sri Lanka, Australia, Spain, Brazil, South Africa were invited as chief guests. formally called
So far the representatives of United Kingdom and France have been invited maximum 5-5 times. One special thing is that on the occasion of Republic Day in the year 2018, the leaders of all the 10 countries of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) were called as the chief guests of the Republic.
These big leaders came in the last few years
So far, 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 the Republic Day celebrations in India. Significantly, in the year 2021, the then British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was invited as the chief guest, but his visit had to be canceled due to rising COVID-19 cases in Britain.
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Republic Day 2023 Chief Guest Egyptian President Abdel Al-Sisi
Story first published: Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 17:42 [IST]