New Delhi: The Central Government is working on proposals to get leaders of five Central Asian countries, chief guests for the Republic Day parade and celebrations on January 26, out of the 5 countries, 3 share a border with Afghanistan.
Informal outreaches have already been made through diplomatic channels. The External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is likely to hold a dialogue with the foreign ministers of these five countries this weekend on 18-19th December.
If the plan works out and proposals are accepted, President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow and Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov will be the Chief Guest of India.
As per earlier reports, The BIMSTEC grouping, which includes Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal, and Bhutan were planned to get invited. But the situation didn’t work out as planned. The last time a grouping of countries was invited was in 2018. All the ten 10 leaders from the ASEAN grouping were chief guests in the republic day parade.
Last year, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had plans to be the guest. But, The Pandemic forged him to stay in his office.