India Republic Day 2021: No Chief Guest due to Covid19 situation, says Ministry of External Affairs

Due to the global COVID19 situation, it has been decided that this year there will not be any foreign head of state or government as the Chief Guest for India Republic Day event on 26 January, says Anurag Srivastava, MEA Spokesperson.

By Rohit Sindhu, Updated : Jan 14, 2021 18:56 IST
India Republic Day 2021: No Chief Guest due to Covid19 situation, says Ministry of External Affairs
Republic Day 2021 No Chief Guest: MEA Spokesperson

As MEA confirms on Thursday there will be no guest at Republic Day 2021. In his statement, Anurag Srivastava, MEA Spokesperson said that due to the global COVID19 situation, it has been decided that this year there will not be any foreign head of state or government as the chief guest for our Republic Day event.

India ‘unlikely’ to have Republic Day Chief Guest after UK PM drops out - a first in 55 years. However, in India Republic Day 2021 parade a 122 member marching contingent of Bangladesh has got clearance from the Ministry of External Affairs. This will be for the third time when contingent of any foreign country to march in R-Day parade.

Giving the clarification over the Foreign Minister of Nepal as he landed in New Delhi on Thursday, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said "Lankan Foreign Minister is here to co-chair the 6th session of the India- Nepal Joint Commission meeting tomorrow. We look forward to having constructive discussions on many of our bilateral agendas".

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