NEW DELHI India
(Xinhua) -- South African President
Cyril Ramaphosa will be the chief guest on the occasion of
India’s 70th Republic Day on Jan. 26, announced Prime Minister
Narendra Modi through a tweet.
Modi personally invited
Ramaphosa when the duo met in Buenos Aires on the sidelines of
the ongoing Group of 20 summit (G20). The latter immediately
accepted the invitation to grace the occasion.
After meeting the South African leader, Modi tweeted:
"Glad to have met President @CyrilRamaphosa.
"At a time when India is marking the 150th birth anniversary
of Mahatma Gandhi, it is our honour to welcome President
Ramaphosa as the Chief Guest for the 2019 Republic Day
"Bapu’s (Mahatma Gandhi) close link with South Africa are
India’s "Father of Nation" Mahatma Gandhi spent many years,
from 1893 to 1914, of his life in South Africa working there as
It was in South Africa where Gandhi carried out a
non-violence movement against the oppressive treatment of the
white people towards the native Africans and the Indian
Gandhi was born in India’s western state of Gujarat on Oct.
Next year, India would be celebrating his 150th birth
In another tweet, Modi said:
"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."