New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited US President Joe Biden to be the Chief Guest of the Republic Day celebration in 2024. The invitation was extended During the bilateral meetings sideline of the G20 summit, US Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti said on Wednesday.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed United States President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., to India today, reaffirming the close and enduring partnership between India and the United States. The leaders expressed their appreciation for the substantial progress underway to implement the groundbreaking achievements of Prime Minister Modi’s historic, June 2023, visit to Washington,” the India-US joint statement read.
Every year, India invites world leaders to attend its Republic Day celebrations. There was no Republic Day Chief guest in 2021 and 2022 given the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2023 Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi was the chief guest at Republic Day celebrations. In 2020, the then-Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was the chief guest.
In 2019, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was the chief guest at the parade, while in 2018, leaders of all 10 ASEAN countries attended the celebrations.
In 2017, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was the chief guest at the celebrations, while then-French President Francois Hollande graced the occasion in 2016.