BIHARPOST NEWS DESK
New Delhi: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will be chief guest at India’s 70th Republic Day celebrations.
“150 years of Mahatma and 100 years of Madiba! Good meeting between PM @narendramodi and South Africa President @CyrilRamaphosa on margins of #G20Summit. President Ramaphosa accepted India’s invitation to be the chief guest at Republic Day during 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted on Saturday evening.
Narendra Modi invited Ramaphosa to be the chief guest when the two met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires.
Earlier, US President Donald Trump had politely refused India’s request to be the chief guest during the Republic Day next year. The invite was reportedly sent in April this year.
According to reports, Trump cited “pressing engagements” on the same day, expressing his inability to be available on this day.
The severe embarrassment comes amid the Indian government making frantic attempts to improve relations with foreign countries.
In 2015, former US president Barack Obama was the chief guest at the Republic Day parade.