Tuesday saw the arrival in New Delhi of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who was welcomed with open arms. He will attend the 74th Republic Day parade as the special guest.
For his official visit from January 24 to January 27, he will be joined by a high-level group that includes five ministers and senior officials.
The customary folk dance is being done to greet Abdel Fattah El-Sisi as he landed in New Delhi.
It is important to note that the President of Egypt was not previously asked to be the principal guest on Republic Day.
Notably, this year marks the 75th anniversary of the beginning of diplomatic ties between Egypt and India. Egypt has also been asked to join India's G20 Presidency as a "guest nation."
Sisi will receive a formal welcome on Wednesday at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs.
According to a media advisory issued by the MEA, he will meet with President Droupadi Murmu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, among others, in the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
The same day, the president of Egypt will place a wreath at the Rajghat, the monument to Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation.
During his visit, he will meet with PM Modi to address bilateral, regional, and global matters of shared interest.
The same evening, a state dinner honouring the visiting dignitary will be held by President Droupadi Murmu.
He will be the primary guest and watch the Republic Day Parade. Along with other military contingents, an Egyptian Army contingent will march on the Rajpath.
The President of Egypt will be present for President Murmu's "at home" reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan. He'll meet with Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar as well. He will communicate with Indian businesspeople. On January 27, he will then return to Cairo.
"The Arab Republic of Egypt's President has never before been invited as the chief guest on our Republic Day. Also taking part in the Republic Day parade will be a military contingent from the Egyptian Army "On Monday, the Ministry of External Affairs released a formal statement.
The next visit of President Sisi "is anticipated to further enhance and deepen the time-tested cooperation between India and Egypt," according to the Ministry of External Affairs.
According to a statement from the MEA, India and Egypt enjoy "warm and cordial relations characterised by civilizational, cultural, and economic links and deep-rooted people-to-people relationships."
Shared cultural values, a dedication to accelerating economic progress, and collaboration in a number of areas, including security and defence, as well as agreement on regional and global concerns, form the foundation of the two countries' relations.