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Up to date: December 3, 2020 7:10:11 am
Normally, the invitation for the celebrations and the affirmation are sealed by the tip of November. However this yr, with the Covid-19 pandemic disrupting diplomatic calendars, New Delhi has despatched out feelers to Johnson to know if he’s prepared to journey to India in January.
However given the surge in Covid-19 cases in the UK since October, it might be tough for the British PM to decide to an abroad journey engagement in lower than two months from now. So whereas Delhi has sounded him out, it’s preserving its fingers crossed.
There is no such thing as a official phrase but from both the Indian or the British authorities on a doable go to by Johnson.
The protocol in such issues is that the invitation letter goes out solely after ascertaining the provision of the international chief.
Sources stated that whereas Johnson’s in-person go to has been within the works for a while, this time, the outreach has occurred on the political stage.
If Johnson confirms his availability and takes up the invitation, he will likely be sixth from the UK to be Republic Day chief visitor.
He may even be the primary British PM since John Main in 1993 to be chief visitor on the celebrations. Up to now, members of the British royalty have been chief visitors — Prince Philip in 1959 and Queen Elizabeth II in 1961. British chancellor of exchequer Rap Butler (1956, together with Japan’s former chief justice Kotaro Tanaka) after which Chief of Defence Employees Lord Louis Mountbatten (1964) have additionally been chief visitors up to now.
This time, nevertheless, India might have a truncated model of the Republic Day celebrations, very like the scaled-down model of Independence Day celebrations on August 15.
An invite to be Republic Day chief visitor is symbolic from the Indian authorities’s perspective. New Delhi has been weaving technique with hospitality to determine its chief visitor. Yearly, the selection is dictated by numerous components — strategic and diplomatic, enterprise pursuits and geo-politics.
The selection of the UK is fascinating since ties with post-Brexit UK will likely be examined on a number of fronts — financial, people-to-people, political and strategic ranges. Either side will likely be eager to interact with one another, and whereas coping with the UK, Delhi will need to leverage its relationship with the EU— particularly on financial ties.
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