UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson could be the chief guest at India’s Republic Day parade in 2021 with Prime Minister Narendra Modi extending an invitation to his British counterpart last month. If Johnson accepts, he will be the first British PM to grace the Rajpath parade in 27 years. The last UK premier to be the chief guest at the January 26 parade was John Major in 1993. As per reports, Modi formally invited Johnson during a telephone conversation on November 27, while the latter reportedly invited the Indian PM to the G7 summit to be held in the United Kingdom next year.
The British High Commission is yet to confirm the development. “We can’t confirm one way or other. PM Boris Johnson is keen to visit India as soon as possible,” news agency ANI quoted a British High Commission spokesperson as saying. Reports of the invitation extend to Johnson come on a day when UK became the first country in the world to approve the Covid-19 vaccine developed by US drugmaker Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, with the rollout set to begin early next week.
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