R-Day: India To Host ASEAN Leaders For First Time

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that Republic Day 2018 will be celebrated with leaders of all ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries coming to India as chief guests.

Addressing the nation in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme, the Prime Minister said that 26th January is a historic festival for the entire country and this time it will be celebrated with the arrival of great leaders of ten nations of the world.

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“On January 26, the arrival of great leaders of 10 nations of the world as a unit is a matter of pride for all Indians,” Modi said in this year’s last edition of his monthly radio program “Mann ki Baat”.

He said January 26 is a historic festival for all Indians but “January 26, 2018, will especially be remembered through the ages”. “The Republic Day will be celebrated with leaders of all 10 (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) ASEAN countries coming to India as chief guests. This time, not one but 10 chief guests would grace the Republic Day.

This is unprecedented in India’s history,” the Prime Minister said.He also said that the arrival of great leaders of ten nations of the world as a unit is a matter of pride for all citizens of the country.

The ASEAN countries include Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and Brunei

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