South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will grace the Republic Day celebrations as the guest of honour. Ramaphosa will be accompanied by First Lady Dr. Tshepo Motsepe, and a high-level delegation including nine ministers, senior officials and a 50-member business contingent. He will be the second President of South Africa after Nelson Mandela to be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day.
On his maiden visit to India, Ramaphosa will hold extensive talks with Prime Minster Modi on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest. Modi will also host a lunch for the visiting dignitary on January 25. Ramaphosa and Modi will also address the India-South Africa Business Forum on January 25. The South African President will also deliver the Gandhi-Mandela Freedom Lecture being organized by Indian Council of World Affairs. President Ram Nath Kovind will host a state banquet in honour of his South African counterpart on Friday evening.
“India and South Africa enjoy a close and multi-faceted strategic partnership since 1997, which is underpinned by historic, cultural and economic linkages,” the MEA said in a statement.