Obama, Putin, Sarkozy, Shinzo Abe: Guests who graced Republic Day celebrations
World leaders like then US President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin, French presidents Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande have attended the Republic Day parade at Rajpath in the past.india Updated: Jan 26, 2018 20:13 IST
The Republic Day celebrations, which showcase India’s military might and cultural diversity, have been witnessed by a number of world leaders, including the likes of Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and Shinzo Abe, over the years.
This year, however, 10 Asean leaders attended the Republic Day parade at Rajpath which was unprecedented and reflective of India’s stature as a major power in the region where China has been trying to expand its influence.
The Asean leaders joined President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the parade.
Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Thai Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, Singaporean Premier Lee Hsien Loong and Brunei’s Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah attended the event.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Prime Minister of Laos Thongloun Sisoulith and Cambodian Premier Hun Sen also watched the grand parade.
World leaders who attended the Republic Day parade:
2017 - Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
2016 - French President Francois Hollande
2015 - US President Barack Obama
2014 - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
2013 - Bhutanese king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
2012 - Thailand’s first woman Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra
2011 - Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
2010 - South Korea’s President Lee Myung Bak
2009 - Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev
2008 - French President Nicolas Sarkozy
2007 - Russian President Vladimir Putin