‘Honoured’ to have French President as Republic Day chief guest: PM Modi

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New Delhi, Jan. 24 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that he was honoured and delighted to welcome French President Francois Hollande as the chief guest for the Republic Day celebrations.

“A warm welcome to French President @fhollande. We are honoured & delighted to have him as the Chief Guest for Republic Day celebrations,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

“President @fhollande & I will meet in Chandigarh & Delhi. We will build on the ground covered during our previous interactions,” he added.

This is the fifth time a French President is visiting India as the chief guest for the Republic Day parade. Prime Minister Jacques Chirac visited India in 1976 and again in 1998 as President, followed by President Valery Giscard d’Estaing in 1980. President Nicolas Sarkozy was the chief guest in 2008.

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President Hollande will be joined by Prime Minister Modi during sightseeing to tourist spots Rock Garden, Capitol Complex, Government Museum and Art gallery in Chandigarh.

Prime Minister Modi and the French President are expected to address a CEOs forum and India-French Business Summit in Chandigarh, thereafter the visiting dignitary will depart for New Delhi.

He will be accorded a ceremonial reception at the forecourts of Rashtrapati Bhawan on Monday. Later, he will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Modi at the Hyderabad House, which will be followed by signing of agreements in various key sectors.

On January 26, the French President will witness the Republic Day parade at Rajpath as the chief guest. (ANI)

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