Video: Egypt prez in Delhi, will be Republic Day 2023 chief guest| 5 points

Updated on Jan 24, 2023 08:00 PM IST

Republic Day 2023: Both the nations are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations this year.

Republic Day 2023: Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi arrived in India.(Twitter)
Republic Day 2023: Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi arrived in India.(Twitter)

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El –Sisi has arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday to attend India's 74th Republic Day celebration as the chief guest. During his visit, Sisi will meet his Indian counterpart Draupadi Murmu, PM Modi and External affairs minister S Jaishankar. This is the first time that any Egyptian president has been invited as a chief guest for the Republic Day.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi had sent a formal invitation to al-Sisi which was handed over to the Egyptian president by Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar during an official visit to Egypt in October 2022.

Egypt is among the nine countries invited to the G20 Summit under India’s presidency in 2023.

Both the nations are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations this year.

Here are the 5 points on the Republic Day’s chief guest.

1. Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi who is serving as president of Egypt since 2014 is set to be the first Egyptian leader to be hosted by India for the Republic Day celebrations.

2. Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, 68, is a retired military officer who served as the commander-in-chief of the Egyptian army till 2014.

3. Before retiring from the army, Sisi served as Egypt’s deputy prime minister from 2013 to 2014, Minister of defence from 2012 to 2013, and as director of military intelligence from 2010 to 2012.

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4. Sisi became the president in 2014 after removing Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically elected president from the post through a military coup in 2013.

5. Sisi, born in 1954, graduated from the military academy of Egypt in 1977 and received additional training from Joint Services Command and Staff College in the UK in 1992.

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