On Thursday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended Home Reception which was hosted by the Indian President Droupadi Murmu.
On Thursday, Egypt President El-Sisi attended India’s 74th Republic Day parade as a chief guest, and he became the first Egyptian premier to be invited to India’s Republic Day parade.
Along with the Egyptian President El-Sisi and the Indian Prime Minister, the Vice President of India, Jagdeep Dhankhar, former Vice President Hamid Ansari, former President Ram Nath Kovind, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, EAM S Jaishankar, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, Union Minister and other dignitaries were also present in the ‘At Home’ reception.
At the Republic Day Parade, an Egyptian Army military delegation made history by marching down the Kartavya Path to the saluting dias for the very first time.
Colonel Mahmoud Mohamed Abdel Fattah El Kharasawy commanded a force of 144 soldiers from various divisions of the Egyptian military.
The Egyptian forces take this parade as an honour. Notably, the Egyptian delegation carried the legacy of one of the oldest regular armies known to humanity.
The origins of the Egyptian army can be traced back to 3200 BC when King Narmer unified the nation. This period was known as the old Kingdom and is considered the peak of Egyptian civilisation. Muhammad Ali Pasha formed the modern iteration of the Egyptian military, often cited as the founder of modern Egypt. He set up the army, which consisted mostly of conscripted men from Egypt.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also thanked the Egyptian President for gracing India’s Republic Day celebrations.
India PM Modi also tweeted and said, “I am grateful to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi for gracing this year’s Republic Day celebrations with his august presence.@AlsisiOfficial”.
With these celebrations, India and Egypt celebrated their 75 years of diplomatic relations. India also invited Egypt as a guest country to their G20 conference.
The trip of President El-Sisi to New Delhi is perceived as an opportunity to strengthen the connection between India and Egypt and make it even stronger.