India invites UK’S Prime Minister Boris Johnson for Republic Day chief guest


LAST UPDATED: Dec. 3, 2020, 1:04 p.m.

New Delhi: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ben invited to be the chief guest at the Republic Day parade next year. 

The invitation has been sent by Prime minister Narendra Modi. If Boris Johnson accepts the invitation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he will be the first British PM after John Major to be the guest of honour at the Republic Day. John Major was the guest of honor of Republic Day in India in 1993.

PM Narendra Modi invited him to be the Republic Day chief guest on November 27 through telephone conversation, where HT learns. Johnson, on behalf of Johnson, invited PM Modi to the G-7 summit which is going to held next year in UK.

“Had an excellent conversation with my friend UK PM @Boris Johnson on an ambitious roadmap for India- UK ties in the next decade. We agreed to work towards a quantum leap in our cooperation in all areas — trade and investments, defence and security, climate change and fighting Covid-19,” PM Modi wrote in the tweet.

According to the people of UK the conversation between both the Prime Ministers was very positive, and both had a conversation about various issues such as issues of climate change, COVID-19.

The invitation came on the same day when UK approved the COVID-19 vaccine which was developed by US firm Pfizer and BioNTech from Germany, and people will get the vaccine of UK from next week.

The UK High Commission said that “We can’t confirm one way or another, PM Boris Johnson is keen to visit India as soon as possible,”

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If UK PM Johnson accepts the invitation, he would become the first British prime minister after John Major to be the guest of honor at parade at Rajpath.

The last UK premier to be the chief guest at the 26 January parade was John Major in 1993.

In 2020, India invited Jair Bolsonaro from Brazil to be the guest of honor at the Republic Day event parade.

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