South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa accepts PM Modi’s invite, to be 2019 Republic Day chief guest

South Africa President, Cyril Ramaphosa, accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation to be the chief guest for India’s Republic Day celebrations in 2019, reported news agency ANI.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump had been invited to attend the Republic Day parade by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, Trump declined the invitation because of “scheduling constraints”, the White House had said, but stressed the “strong personal rapport” shared by them.

The White House did not elaborate on the constraints but the Republic Day parade on January 26 is around the time when US presidents present their annual report to Congress, the State of the Union address, which is a statement of achievements of the last year and plans for the next.

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