Edited By: Shankhyaneel Sarkar
Last Updated: January 25, 2023, 13:04 IST
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El -Sisi met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday and held a bilateral dialogue. Sisi is the chief guest at the 74th Republic Day parade which will take place on Thursday, January 26.
Both leaders met at New Delhi’s Hyderabad House. He earlier met Union external affairs minister S Jaishankar.
Speaking to ANI, Sisi said it is a great privilege to be the chief guest for India’s Republic Day celebrations. This is Sisi’s first visit to India. “I reiterate my congratulations to the Indian nation, government and people for this great day. It is a great privilege to be a guest of honour and participate in the glorious national day,” Sisi was quoted as saying by news agency ANI, as he met reporters outside the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Sisi told mediapersons that he expects the visit to take bilateral relations to a whole new level. He was welcomed by President Droupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday. He also paid his respects to the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi as he laid the wreath on his memorial at Rajghat.
Also present were Union Ministers including External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, and Lieutenant Governor of Delhi VK Saxena among others.
Sisi was accorded a warm welcome on his arrival to New Delhi. Five other ministers have accompanied him. He is on a three-day visit to India and will depart for Cairo on January 27.
Egypt has also been accorded the Guest Country status under India’s G20 Presidency. During his meeting with PM Modi, both leaders discussed bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest. A state banquet will be held in honour of the visiting dignitary on Wednesday evening.
He will also meet Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar. Sisi is also scheduled to meet ‘business leaders’.
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