After Trump backed out know who will be the chief guest this January 26

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South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa will be this year’s chief guest for the Republic Day celebrations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Cyril Ramaphosa on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He invited Ramaphosa to be the chief guest on January 26.

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) confirmed that Ramaphosa will be visiting India. “President Ramaphosa accepted India’s invitation to be the Chief Guest at Republic Day during 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi,” an MEA spokesperson said.

PM Modi said that Ramaphosa’s visit would strengthen people-to-people ties between the two nations. “The upcoming visit of President @CyrilRamaphosa, and that too during the special occasion of India’s Republic Day will further cement business and people-to-people ties between India and South Africa,” the PM tweeted.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump was invited by the Indian government to be the chief guest. Trump had declined to accept the invitation saying he has a “crowded agenda”.

65-year-old Ramaphosa became the new president of the African National Congress (ANC) this year after 75-year-old Jacob Zuma resigned. He took oath as the President of South Africa in the month of February.

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