India celebrates Republic Day with Macron as guest of honor

New Delhi, Jan 26 (EFE).- India on Friday celebrated its 75th Republic Day, which commemorates the day the country’s Constitution came into force in 1950, in the presence of guest of honor French President Emmanuel Macron.

The main event of the Republic Day celebrations, a traditional parade that showcases the country’s military might and culture, took place on New Delhi’s iconic boulevard, Kartavya Path (meaning the path of duty in Hindi) in the heart of the capital.

Macron, sitting to the left of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, watched the display of colorful floats and a march past by the contingents of the Indian Armed Forces.

For more than two hours, thousands of Indian soldiers, accompanied by several Air Force fighter planes flying over the capital’s sky, along with a unit of the French army, marched down the wide avenue.

In addition to attending the parade, Macron’s two-day official visit to India that commenced on Thursday serves to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the India-France Strategic Partnership.

The partnership was signed in 1988 and has resulted in the signing of several bilateral trade agreements in recent years, notably the purchase of military weapons by New Delhi.

Macron and Modi met on Thursday night in the city of Jaipur, in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, where they “took stock of bilateral ties & exchanged perspectives on a wide-range of bilateral and global issues,” the Indian foreign ministry announced in a statement.

After the parade, Macron has several meetings planned with investors and members of the French community in India, in addition to a meeting with Indian President Droupadi Murmu, according to the agenda shared by the French presidential office. EFE


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