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Republic Day Chief Guests

Republic Day Chief Guests: Chief guests in 26 January Parade

One of the major national holidays of India, Republic Day is celebrated to remember the transition of India into a republic nation and the implementation of the Constitution of India on January 26th, 1950. A grand event is organized in the capital of New Delhi, wherein the President hoists and unfurls the Indian flag, which is followed by a massive parade. India welcomes a different chief guest every year to witness its Republic Day celebrations. The honorable chief guest is the head of state or government of another country. The guest is chosen on the basis of certain factors, be it, strategic, diplomatic, business interest or international geo-politics. Given in this article is the list of the chief guests that have attended the Republic Day program since 1976 in the capital city of New Delhi.

List of Chief Guests At Republic Day:

  • 1976: Prime Minister Jacques Chirac, France
  • 1978: President Dr. Patrick Hillery, Ireland
  • 1980: President Valery Giscard d’Estaing, France
  • 1985: President Raul Alfonsin, Argentina
  • 1986: Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou, Greece
  • 1987: President Alan Garcia, Peru
  • 1988: President Junius Jayewardene, Sri Lanka
  • 1992: President Mario Soares, Portugal
  • 1993: Prime Minister John Major, United Kingdom
  • 1994: Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, Singapore
  • 1995: President Nelson Mandela, South Africa
  • 1996: President Dr. Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Brazil
  • 1997: Prime Minister Basdeo Panday, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1998: President Jacques Chirac, France
  • 1999: King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, Nepal
  • 2000: President Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria
  • 2001: President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Algeria
  • 2002: President Cassam Uteem, Mauritius
  • 2003: President Mohammed Khatami, Iran
  • 2004: President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil
  • 2005: King Jigme Singye Wangchuk, Bhutan
  • 2006: King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, Saudi Arabia
  • 2007: President Vladimir Putin, Russia
  • 2008: President Nicolas Sarkozy, France
  • 2009: President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan
  • 2010: President Lee Myung bak, Republic of Korea
  • 2011: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Indonesia
  • 2012: Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand
  • 2013: Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
  • 2014: Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
  • 2015: United States President Barack Obama
  • 2016: France President François Hollande
  • 2017: United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
  • 2018: Ten guests (Heads of ASEAN states)
    Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah – Brunei
    Prime Minister Hun Sen – Cambodia
    President Joko Widodo – Indonesia
    Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith – Laos
    Prime Minister Najib Razak – Malaysia
    President Htin Kyaw – Myanmar
    President Rodrigo Roa Duterte – Philippines
    President Halimah Yacob – Singapore
    Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha – Thailand
    Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc – Vietnam

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