South African President Cyril Ramaphosa Accepts India's Invitation To Be Republic Day 2019 Chief Guest

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa  Accepts India's Invitation To Be Republic Day 2019 Chief Guest

Courtesy : Nationalist Bureau16/11/2018 19:36

 The White House confirmed recently that President Trump would not be making the trip to India for the January 26 Republic Day parade on account of other commitments.

 New Delhi, November 15: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will be the chief guest at the Republic Day next year. Ramaphosa accepted the invitation of the Indian government. His acceptance comes after the United States President Donald Trump turned down the invitation to be the chief guest. Responding to the invitation, the White House said that Trump could not attend the event as his State of the Union address would be at the same time. 

This person said there was a shortlist of four India was working on and that President Donald Trump of the US had never been on it, although verbal, informal invites were extended to him .The White House confirmed recently that President Trump would not be making the trip to India for the January 26 Republic Day parade on account of other commitments, but the first person insisted that a formal invite had never been sent to the US leader.

The chief guest will be a leader of global stature and from an important partner country, this person added.

A second person said, also on condition of anonymity, that the idea was to get someone from a region unrepresented in terms of Republic Day chief guests for the past few years. The chief guests in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 were King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk of Bhutan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, US President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, UAE Crown Prince Mohhamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the leaders of the 10 members of the Association of South-East Asian Nations.

That leaves only South America and Africa unrepresented. The second person said that the leader is most likely to be someone from Africa, perhaps Ramaphosa.

India has been trying to build its presence and relationship with African countries. It has stepped up its outreach to African countries since the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government came to power in May 2014 to boost ties with the resource-rich continent and counter China’s growing influence there.

The 55 countries on the continent also have a crucial say in India’s quest to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council. India has extended 152 lines of credit worth almost $8 billion to 44 African countries for developing agriculture, infrastructure, public transport, clean energy, irrigation and manufacturing capacity. The outreach has included visits to several African states by President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu this year that raised the profile of bilateral ties.

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