Mumbai: Given the state of the coronavirus pandemic, the central government on Thursday confirmed that there will be no chief guest at this year’s Republic Day celebrations on 26 January.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Shrivastava said in a press release, “Due to the global COVID-19 situation, it has been decided that there will be no foreign head of state or government as the chief guest at our Republic Day celebrations this year.”
Due to the global COVID19 situation, it has been decided that this year there will not be any foreign head of state or government as the chief guest for our Republic Day event: Anurag Srivastava, MEA Spokesperson pic.twitter.com/y1da7cIzoJ
— ANI (@ANI) January 14, 2021
Earlier, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was invited as the chief guest this year. However, he later turned down the invitation due to the new coronavirus strain that affected thousands in Britain.
Later, the name of Suriname President Chandrikapersad Santokhi was also floated, but the speculation was denied as well.