A motorist rides past a billboard welcoming Egypt s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who will be chief guest at India s 74th Republic Day parade, in New Delhi on January 24, 2023. AFP
El-Sisi's participation is the first time ever for an Egyptian president to be the chief guest of India's Republic Day, which marks the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect on 26 January, 1950.
In statements on Tuesday, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said that this reflects the close ties between the two countries and India's deep appreciation of the Egyptian leadership and government.
It also demonstrates the deep interest of the Indian side in strengthening cooperation between the two friendly countries in their capacity as one of the most important emerging countries and in light of their vital role on the regional and international arenas, the spokesman said.
Earlier this week, India’s Ambassador to Cairo Ajit Gupte said the upcoming visit of El-Sisi to India will be "a momentous occasion that heralds a new dawn in the two country’s bilateral relations."
President El-Sisi's visit to New Delhi coincides with the 75th anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties between Egypt and India, Rady added.
During his visit, President El-Sisi is scheduled to meet with a number of officials in India, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Droupadi Murmu and other officials in order to discuss ways to strengthen bilateral relations at all levels, the spokesman said.
El-Sisi will also meet with heads and representatives of a number of major companies in various domains to discuss mechanisms for consolidating economic ties between the two sides and investment opportunities in Egypt, he added.
In November 2022, India -- the president of the Group of 20 (G20) in 2023 -- invited Egypt to participate as a guest country in the G20 meetings, in which Ambassador Ragy El-Etreby, assistant minister of foreign affairs for international and regional multilateral economic affairs, will be the personal representative of President El-Sisi at the meetings.
El-Etreby has recently said that "Cairo intends to closely cooperate with the Indian presidency of the Group" concerning files of mutual priority, adding that these files include enhancing global food security and supporting international financing institutions to better face successive crises.