South African Presiden, Cyril Ramaphosa will be the chief guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations, 2019. The Republic Day has been celebrated on the 26th of January since 1950 in honoring the constitution of India as it came to force on the same day.
The South African President was invited by India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in 2018, during the G20 summit which was held in Argentina’s Capital, Buenos Aires.
According to Indiacelebrating. com, Ramphosa ” was specially chosen for this occasion because India is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi who had very close links with the people of South Africa.”
Ramaphosa will be accompanied by a business delegation – the Republic Day celebrations will be an opportunity to further enhance trade relations between the two states. The two countries share a common vision and common foreign policy objectives that are pursued multilaterally.
The celebration is organized with great effort by the government. Grand military parades from India’s Army, Air Force, and Navy will be held in New Delhi at Rajpath as well as other capitals.
By: Kgothatso Nkanyane