The Sikh regiment marching at the parade | Praveen Jain/ThePrint
The Sikh regiment marching at the parade during Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath, New Delhi | Representational image | Praveen Jain/ThePrint
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New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday negated media speculations about the probable chief guest for Republic Day 2022.

In response to a media report regarding the Chief Guest for Republic Day 2022, the MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “We have seen a speculative media report regarding the Chief Guest for Republic Day 2022. The report is inaccurate and has no factual basis.”

It was reported by the media that India was planning to have leaders of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) countries in New Delhi for the Republic Day celebrations next year.

It is a subregional grouping consisting of seven South Asian countries – India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

In 2020, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was the chief guest at the Republic Day parade while in 2021 no chief guest was invited due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also read: Questions were raised over 2021 Republic Day parade. But there’s no better timing


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