For the first time ever, a foreign army will be marching right next to Indian troops and join them as they celebrate Republic Day at the capital.
Government sources revealed that French soldiers shall be joining the Republic Day celebrations this year, marking a first in Indian history.
The 35th Infantry Regiment of 7th Armoured Brigade of France is already present in Rajasthan for a joint exercise in counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency. More soldiers will come from France to make a complete marching contingent especially for the occasion.
France had previously invited the Indian army to participate in Bastille day in 2009. The gesture will finally be reciprocated this time, further deepening the ties between the two countries.
Indian relations with France have greatly strengthened after Modi’s visit to the country last year, when he paid homage at the Neuve-Chapelle war memorial in Lille. The two countries have been cooperating in varied fields including clean energy, space, trade and defence.