Chief Guest for Republic Day of India in 2017- Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will be the chief guest at the 2017

Every year on Republic Day of India one chief guest is invited from around the word to attend the India’s Republic Day Ceremony and parade. This year in 2017, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will be the chief guest at the 2017 Republic Day parade. Selecting a chief guest from other countries thoughtfully is very important. The guest country is chosen after a deliberation of strategic, economic and political interests of our nation. The decision is made by the Prime Minister Office which is headed by the Prime Minister and in consultation with President of India.

The first Guest of Honour (chief guest) for India’s first Republic Day in 1950 was Mr Sukarno, President of Indonesia. since then India started inviting Guest of honours from the various countries around the world with which India wanted to make the political, cultural and economical bonds stronger. The most important thing to be considered is the interest of the nation. The visiting chief guest will come with a lot of possibilities of making the bond stronger with that country. For Example, when Barack Obama was invited as the chief guest of Republic day of India in 2015 because India wanted stronger relations with the US and the nuclear deal was in the interest. Also this year, 2016, French President Francois Hollande was the guest of honour for the Republic Day of India in 2016, his presence added the pinch of sadness because both countries were affected by terrorism (Terrorist attack in Paris and Pathankot attack). This will send the message that these two countries stand united against the terrorism, also the Rafale deal was in the sight.

This year in 2017, this is the second visit of Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to India. Last time he visited India in February along with his three brothers and top cabinet ministers. He will be the first leader from the Gulf at the parade since 2006 when Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud was the chief guest.

India’s prime minister Mr Narendra Modi tweeted, “The coming of HH Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will give a very strong boost to the vibrant India-UAE relations. Thank you for very kindly agreeing to grace the 2017 Republic Day celebration as the chief guest.”

In response to the invitation for being the Guest of Honour, chief guest for India’s Republic Day for 2017 he thanked PM Modi for the invitation to attend India 68th Republic Day. 

From 1950 when the Republic day started to this year 2017 so many chief guests from many countries around the world has attended India’s Republic Day, let’s see the list.

1950 – President Sukarno (Indonesia)

1954 – King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (Bhutan)

1955 – Governor General Malik Ghulam Muhammad (Pakistan)

1958 – Marshal Ye Jianying (People’s Republic of China)

1960 – President Kliment Voroshilov (Soviet Union)

1961 – Queen Elizabeth II (United Kingdom)

1963 – King Norodom Sihanouk (Cambodia)

1965 – Food and Agriculture Minister Rana Abdul Hamid (Pakistan)

1968 – Chairman Alexei Kosygin (Soviet Union) and President Josip Broz Tito (Yugoslavia)

1969 – Prime Minister Todor Zhivkov (Bulgaria)

1971 – President Julius Nyerere (Tanzania)

1972 – Prime Minister Seewoosagur Ramgoolam (Mauritius)

1973 – President Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu Wa Za Banga (Zaire)

1974 – President Josip Broz Tito (Yugoslavia) and Prime Minister Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike (Sri Lanka)

1975 – President Kenneth David Kaunda (Zambia)

1976 – President Jacques René Chirac (France)

1977 -First Secretary Edward Gierek (Poland)

1978 – President Patrick John Hillery (Ireland)

1979 – Prime Minister John Malcolm Fraser (Australia)

1980 – President Valéry Marie René Georges Giscard d’Estaing (France)

1981 – President José Guillermo Abel López Portillo y Pacheco (México)

1982 – King Juan Carlos I (Spain)

1983 – President Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari (Nigeria)

1984 – King Jigme Singye Wangchuck (Bhutan)

1985 – President Raúl Ricardo Alfonsín (Argentina)

1986 – Prime Minister Dr. Andreas Georgios Papandreou (Greece)

1987 – President Alan Gabriel Ludwig García Pérez (Peru)

1988 – President Junius Richard Jayewardene (Sri Lanka)

1989 – General Secretary Nguyễn Văn Linh (Vietnam)

1990 – Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth (Mauritius)

1991 – President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom (Maldives)

1992 – President Mário Alberto Nobre Lopes Soares (Portugal)

1993 – Prime Minister John Major (United Kingdom)

1994 – Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong (Singapore)

1995 – President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (South Africa)

1996 – President Dr. Fernando Henrique Cardoso (Brazil)

1997 – Prime Minister Basdeo Panday (Trinidad and Tobago)

1998 – President Jacques René Chirac (France)

1999 – King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah (Nepal)

2000 – President Olusegun Mathew Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo (Nigeria)

2001 – President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (Algeria)

2002 – President Cassam Uteem (Mauritius)

2003 – President Seyyed Mohammad Khatami (Iran)

2004 – President Luíz Inácio Lula da Silva (Brazil)

2005 – King Jigme Singye Wangchuck (Bhutan)

2006 – King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (Saudi Arabia)

2007 – President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (Russia)

2008 – President Nicolas Sarkozy (France)

2009 – President Nursultan Äbishuly Nazarbayev (Kazakhstan)

2010 – President Lee Myung-bak (South Korea)

2011 – President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (Indonesia)

2012 – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (Thailand)

2013 – King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (Bhutan)

2014 – Prime Minister Shinzō Abe (Japan)

2015 – President Barack Hussein Obama (United States of America)

2016 – President François Hollande (France)

 Source: Wikipedia

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