UK PM Boris Johnson can be the state guest of India on Republic Day this time. In a telephone conversation with Johnson recently, PM Narendra Modi himself invited him. India is awaiting official approval from the British Government.
Soon after this invitation, the British High Commission in New Delhi had said that PM Johnson would soon be visiting India. In the year 1993, former British Prime Minister John Major became a state guest on Republic Day.
After coming to power in 2014, PM Modi has been inviting strong personalities of global diplomacy every year as state guests on Republic Day. There was a conversation between Modi and Johnson on 27 November in which issues like the COVID-19 epidemic, environment, and bilateral trade were specially discussed.
It is believed that the two countries are considering giving a new direction to mutual relations in view of the way the COVID-19 epidemic has affected global diplomacy and the economy. In such a situation, coming to India as a state guest as Johnson will not only remove the existing laxity in bilateral relations. Rather, new goals can also be set under the changing environment.