Sources say this will be extremely difficult, especially as January 26 is celebrated as Australia Day.
Diplomatic sources have confirmed that India is discussing the possibility of inviting the leaders of the Quad grouping, which includes India, Australia, Japan and the US, for the Republic Day parade on January 26.
With the Quad summit held a day earlier on January 25, the possibility of US President Joe Biden being the chief guest of the parade is also being considered, but given that January 26 is celebrated as Australia Day, This will be extremely difficult. An official source said their Prime Minister would be in India that day.
Welcoming the idea, diplomatic sources said it would be extremely difficult for some leaders given their important commitments in their respective countries during that time.
The Prime Minister anticipates participating in the Quad leaders’ summit in India next year, and we are aware of the recent media reports regarding the dates. We continue to discuss possible Quad Leaders Summit dates with our Quad partners,” the spokesperson said.
“At the Quad leaders’ meeting on the sidelines of the G-7 summit in Japan in May, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India will host the next Quad leaders’ summit.”
“At the summit, Mr. Modi had stated that the Quad grouping has firmly established itself as a crucial platform for promoting peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific.”. He said the Indo-Pacific region is the “engine of global trade, innovation and growth”. Development”.
One diplomatic source, confirmed by another, said that although the issue had been discussed among officials, nothing formal had happened yet.
“It’s a fantastic idea, but the timing is exceptionally tight,” the first source remarked. Sources said this is a very busy period as January 26 is also celebrated as Australia Day; And the US President will be preparing for the elections and the final State of the Union address of his term around that time. One of the sources said this is the time when the Japanese parliament, the Diet, would be in session.
US President Barack Obama was the chief guest at the Republic Day Parade in January.