List of diplomatic visits to India

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This is a list of heads of state and heads of government who have visited India

List[edit]

Country Name Title Date Significance
Japan Shinzo Abe Prime Minister 13-14 September, 2017 State Visit
Belarus Alexander Lukashenko President 11-12 September, 2017 State Visit
Switzerland Doris Leuthard President August 30-2 September, 2017 State Visit
Nepal Sher Bahadur Deuba Prime Minister August 23-27, 2017 State Visit
Vietnam Pham Binh Minh Deputy Prime Minister July 3-6, 2017 Working Visit
Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth Prime Minister May 26-28, 2017 State Visit
Palestine Mahmoud Abbas President May 14-17, 2017 State Visit
Russian Federation Igor Shuvalov Deputy Prime Minister May 9, 2017 Working Visit
Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan President 30 April-1 May, 2017 State Visit
Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades President 25 April-29 April 2017 State Visit
Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe Prime Minister 25 April-28 April 2017 Working Visit
Nepal Bidhya Devi Bhandari President 17 April- 19 April 2017 State Visit
Australia Malcolm Turnbull Prime Minister 10-13 April 2017 State visit
Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina Prime Minister 07-10 April 2017 State visit
Malaysia Najib Razak Prime Minister 30 March-04 April 2017 State visit
Swaziland Mswati III King 08-15 March 2017 Working Visit
Uganda Ruhakana Rugunda Prime Minister 07-12 March 2017 Working visit
United Arab Emirates Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi 24-26 January 2017 State visit & Chief Guest of Indian Republic Day
Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta President 10-12 January 2017 State visit
Rwanda Paul Kagame President 09-11 January 2017 State visit
Portugal António Costa Prime Minister 07-13 January 2017 State visit
Serbia Aleksandar Vučić Prime Minister 10-12 January 2017 To Attend Vibrant Gujarat Summit
Suriname Ashwin Adhin Vice President of Suriname 05-14 January 2017 Bhartiya pravashi diwas
Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Sharshenovich Atambayev President 18–21 December 2016 State visit

[1]

Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon President 14–18 December 2016 State visit

[2]

Indonesia Joko Widodo President 12–13 December 2016 State visit

[3]

Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani President 3–4 December 2016 To jointly inaugurate 6th Ministerial Conference of Heart of Asia summit in Amritsar, India with PM Narendra Modi.
Israel Reuven Rivlin President 14–21 November 2016 State visit.[4]
Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena President 6–7 November State visit
United Kingdom Theresa May Prime Minister 6–8 November 2016 State visit to discuss India–United Kingdom trade relations following Brexit
New Zealand John Key Prime Minister 24–27 October 2016 State visit
Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina Prime Minister 16 October 2016 Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation Summit
Bhutan Tshering Tobgay Prime Minister 16 October 2016 Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation Summit
Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi State Counsellor of Myanmar 16–19 October 2016 Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation Summit and State visit
Nepal Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prime Minister 16 October 2016 Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation Summit
Thailand Virasakdi Futrakul Special envoy of Prime Minister 16 October 2016 Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation Summit
Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena President 16 October 2016 Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation Summit
Brazil Michel Temer President 15–16 October 2016 8th BRICS summit
Russia Vladimir Putin President 15–16 October 2016 8th BRICS summit
China Xi Jinping President 15–16 October 2016 8th BRICS summit
South Africa Jacob Zuma President 15–16 October 2016 8th BRICS summit
Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe Prime Minister 4–6 October 2016 State Visit[5]
Singapore Lee Hsien Loong Prime Minister 3–7 October 2016 State Visit[6]
Nepal Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prime Minister 15–18 September 2016 State Visit[7]
Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani President 14–15 September 2016 Working Visit[8]
Myanmar Htin Kyaw President 27–30 August 2016 State Visit
Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha Prime Minister 16–18 June 2016 State Visit[9]
Fiji Frank Bainimarama President 19 May 2016 Private
Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena President 13–14 May 2016 To attend religious event[10]
Maldives Abdulla Yameen President 11–12 April 2016
United Kingdom William and Catherine Duke and Duchess 10–13 and 16 April 2016 First visit by the Duke and Duchess to India
Nepal KP Oli Prime Minister 18–24 February 2016 First foreign visit of the Nepali Prime Minister after taking office
United Arab Emirates Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince 10–12 February 2016
France Francois Hollande President 24–27 January 2016 Chief Guest of India Republic Day 2016
Japan Shinzo Abe Prime Minister 11–13 December 2015 Annual Summit level meeting between the two Prime Ministers
Germany Angela Merkel Chancellor 4–6 October 2015[11]
Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe Prime Minister 14–16 September 2015 First foreign visit of the Sri Lankan Prime Minister after taking office[12]
Seychelles James Alix Michel President 25–27 August 2015 Reciprocal visit within 5 months of Modi's March visit to Seychelles[13]
Mozambique Filipe Nyusi President 4–8 August 2015 The first Asian visit of the Mozambian leader in office[14]
Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete President 17–21 June 2015 First African head of state to visit during Modi government[15]
Netherlands Mark Rutte Prime Minister 5–6 June 2015 First European head of government to visit during Modi government[16]
Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani President 27 April 2015 First State-visit to India since he took office in September 2014[17]
Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Emir 24–25 March 2015[18]
Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena President 15–18 February 2015 First foreign visit of the Sri Lankan President after taking office on 9 January 2015[19]
Singapore Tony Tan President 8–11 February 2015[20]
United States Barack Obama President 25–27 January 2015 First American President to become Chief Guest at the Republic Day[21][22]
Bhutan Tshering Tobgay Prime Minister 13–15 January 2015 Attended Vibrant Gujarat summit in Ahmedabad
Guyana Donald Ramotar President 7–12 January 2015 Attended Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Ahmedabad
Bangladesh Abdul Hamid President 18–23 December 2014
Russia Vladimir Putin President 10–11 December 2014[23]
Ivory Coast Daniel Kablan Duncan Prime Minister 4 November 2014
Vietnam Nguyen Tan Dung Prime Minister 27–28 October 2014[24]
China Xi Jinping President 17–19 September 2014[25]
Australia Tony Abbott Prime Minister 4–5 September 2014[26]
Mauritius Navin Ramgoolam Prime Minister 26 May 2014 Attended Swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi
Afghanistan Hamid Karzai President 26 May 2014 Attended Swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi
Bhutan Tshering Tobgay Prime Minister 26 May 2014 Attended Swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi
Maldives Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom President 26 May 2014 Attended Swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi
Nepal Sushil Koirala Prime Minister 26 May 2014 Attended Swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi
Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa President 26 May 2014 Attended Swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi
Pakistan Nawaz Sharif Prime Minister 26 May 2014 Attended Swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi
Dmitry Mezentsev Secretary General 23–25 February 2014[27]
Canada David Johnston Governor General 22 February – 2 March 2014[28]
Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa King 18–20 February 2014[29]
Germany Joachim Gauck President 4–9 February 2014[30]
Japan Shinzo Abe Prime Minister 25–27 January 2014[31]
South Korea Park Geun-Hye President 1–16 January 2014
Maldives Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom President 1–4 January 2014
Japan Akihito Emperor 30 November – 7 December 2013[32]
United Kingdom David Cameron Prime Minister 19–21 February 2013
France Francois Hollande President 14–15 February 2013
Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck King 23–29 January 2013
Mauritius Kailash Purryag President 3–9 January 2013
Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych President 9–12 December 2012
Canada Stephen Harper Prime Minister 4–9 November 2012
Spain Juan Carlos I King 24–27 October 2012
Australia Julia Gillard Prime Minister 15–17 October 2012
Burundi Pierre Nkurunziza President 17–29 September 2012
Qatar Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani Emir April 2012
Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari President 8 April 2012 Private visit
Russia Dmitry Medvedev President 29 March 2012 2012 BRICS summit
South Africa Jacob Zuma President 29 March 2012 2012 BRICS summit
Brazil Dilma Rousseff President 29 March 2012 2012 BRICS summit
China Hu Jintao President 29 March 2012 2012 BRICS summit
Zambia Michael Sata President 22 March 2012
Japan Yoshihiko Noda Prime Minister 22 December 2011
Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck King 20 October 2011
New Zealand John Key Prime Minister 28–30 June 2011 State visit
Germany Angela Merkel Chancellor 31 May 2011 Received the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for international understanding
Uzbekistan Islam Karimov President 17 May 2011
Pakistan Yousaf Raza Gillani Prime Minister 29 March 2011 Came to Mohali to watch the India vs. Pakistan cricket world cup 2011 semi-finals match
Dominican Republic Leonel Fernández Reyna President 30 January 2011
Russia Dmitry Medvedev President 21 December 2010 Supported India's bid for UNSC membership[33]
China Wen Jiabao Premier 15 December 2010 Economic Issues,
France Nicolas Sarkozy President 4 December 2010 Supported India's bid for UNSC membership,
Civilian Nuclear Deal[34]
United States Barack Obama President 6 November 2010 Supported India's bid for UNSC membership as Permanent member [35][36]
United Kingdom David Cameron Prime Minister 26 July 2010 The business and economic relationship,
The G-20 future agenda,
Supported for UNSC seat as Permanent member,
The future of Britain's and India's role in Afghanistan[37]
Myanmar Than Shwe Commander-in-Chief 25 July 2010 Economic issues[38][39]
Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa President 9 June 2010[40]
Afghanistan Hamid Karzai President 26 April 2010 Cooperation between two countries,
Joint fight against terrorism[41]
Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow President 24 May 2010 First official visit of Berdimuhamedow to India,
Development of trade and economic co-operation[42]
Nepal Ram Baran Yadav President 15 February 2010[43]
Turkey Abdullah Gül President 7 February 2010 Cooperation on economic and commercial relations[44]
Maldives Mohamed Nasheed President 21 October 2009 India-Maldives relations,
Climate change issues[45]


United Kingdom Gordon Brown Prime Minister 21 January 2008 Reform of the United Nations Security Council[46]
Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo President 3–7 October 2007[47]
Brazil Luiz inacio lula da silva President 3 June 2007
Russia Vladimir Putin President 26 January 2007 State guest during the Republic Day Parade
Romania Traian Basescu President 22 October 2006
United States George W Bush President 1 March 2006 Indo-US civilian nuclear agreement[48][49]
France Jacques Chirac President 19 February 2006 Civilian nuclear co-operation and defence co-operation[50]
United Kingdom Tony Blair Prime Minister 6 September 2005 [51][52]
Pakistan Pervez Musharraf President 16 April 2005[53]
Israel Ariel Sharon Prime Minister 9 September 2003 First Israeli prime minister to visit India,
agreements and memorandums of understanding on defence, information technology and agriculture[54][55]
Singapore Sellapan Ramanathan President Jan 2003[56]


Australia John Howard Prime Minister Jul 2000[57]
United States Bill Clinton President Mar 2000[58]
Indonesia Abdurrahman Wahid President 8 February 2000[59]
Singapore Goh Chok Tong Prime Minister 17 January 2000[60]
United Kingdom Queen Elizabeth II Queen 12–18 Oct 1997
Philippines Fidel V. Ramos President 2–5 March 1997[61]
Nepal Girija Prasad Koirala Prime Minister Dec 1990 New separate trade and transit treaties and other economic agreements India-Nepal relations#1990s
United Kingdom Queen Elizabeth II Queen 17–26 Nov 1983 7th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
United States Jimmy Carter President 1 January 1978[62]
United States Richard Nixon President 1 August 1969[62]
United Kingdom Queen Elizabeth II Queen 21 Jan – 1 Feb, 16–26 Feb, 1–2 Mar 1961
United States Dwight Eisenhower President 10 December 1959[63]
Saudi Arabia King Saud King 26 November 1955 First visit by head of state of any of the two countries to the other[64][65]

Republic day parade guests[edit]

Since 1975

India has been hosting head of state or government of another country as the state guest of honour for Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi.The following is the list of Heads of state who have been the state guest of honour for the Republic Day parade.

Countries invited as chief guests for the Republic Day parade. Erstwhile Yugoslavia (twice invited) has not been depicted in the map.
  5 times (France, UK)
  4 times (Bhutan, Russia/USSR)
  Thrice (Indonesia, Mauritius)
  Twice (Brazil, Japan, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam)
  Once
  Never invited
Year Guest name Country Note
1950 President Sukarno[66]  Indonesia
1951 King Tribhuvan Bir Bikram Shah[67]    Nepal
1952
1953
1954 King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck[68]  Bhutan
1955 Governor General Malik Ghulam Muhammad[69]  Pakistan First guest for parade at Rajpath [70]
1956 Chancellor of the Exchequer R. A. Butler  United Kingdom Two guests[71]
Chief Justice Kōtarō Tanaka  Japan
1957 Minister of Defence Georgy Zhukov [72]  Soviet Union
1958 Marshall Ye Jianying[73]  China
1959 Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip [74][75][76]  United Kingdom 2nd invitation
1960 Chairman Kliment Voroshilov[77]  Soviet Union 2nd invitation
1961 Queen Elizabeth II[78]  United Kingdom 3rd invitation
1962 Prime Minister Viggo Kampmann[79]  Denmark Note[3]
1963 King Norodom Sihanouk[80]  Cambodia
1964 Chief of Defence Staff Lord Louis Mountbatten [81]  United Kingdom 4th invitation
1965 Food and Agriculture Minister Rana Abdul Hamid  Pakistan 2nd invitation
1966
1967 King Mohammed Zahir Shah [82]  Afghanistan Note[4]
1968 Chairman Alexei Kosygin  Soviet Union 3rd invitation Two guests[83]
President Josip Broz Tito  Yugoslavia
1969 Prime Minister Todor Zhivkov[84]  Bulgaria
1970 King of the Belgians Baudouin[85][86]  Belgium Attended only the Beating Retreat
1971 President Julius Nyerere[87]  Tanzania
1972 Prime Minister Seewoosagur Ramgoolam [88]  Mauritius
1973 President Mobutu Sese Seko[89]  Zaire
1974 President Josip Broz Tito  Yugoslavia 2nd invitation Two guests [90]
Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike  Sri Lanka
1975 President Kenneth Kaunda[91]  Zambia
1976 Prime Minister Jacques Chirac[92]  France
1977 First Secretary Edward Gierek[93]  Poland
1978 President Patrick Hillery[94]  Ireland
1979 Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser[95]  Australia
1980 President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing  France 2nd invitation
1981 President Jose Lopez Portillo[96]  Mexico
1982 King Juan Carlos I[97]  Spain
1983 President Shehu Shagari[98]  Nigeria
1984 King Jigme Singye Wangchuck[99]  Bhutan 2nd invitation
1985 President Raúl Alfonsín[100]  Argentina
1986 Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou[101]  Greece
1987 President Alan Garcia[102]  Peru
1988 President J. R. Jayewardene[103]  Sri Lanka 2nd invitation
1989 General Secretary Nguyen Van Linh[104]  Vietnam
1990 Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth[105]  Mauritius 2nd invitation
1991 President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom[106]  Maldives
1992 President Mário Soares[106]  Portugal
1993 Prime Minister John Major[106]  United Kingdom 5th invitation
1994 Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong[106]  Singapore
1995 President Nelson Mandela[107]  South Africa
1996 President Fernando Henrique Cardoso[106]  Brazil
1997 Prime Minister Basdeo Panday[106]  Trinidad and Tobago
1998 President Jacques Chirac[106]  France 3rd invitation
1999 King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev[106]    Nepal 2nd invitation
2000 President Olusegun Obasanjo[106]  Nigeria 2nd invitation
2001 President Abdelaziz Bouteflika[106]  Algeria
2002 President Cassam Uteem[106]  Mauritius 3rd invitation
2003 President Mohammed Khatami[106]  Iran
2004 President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva [106]  Brazil 2nd invitation
2005 King Jigme Singye Wangchuck[106]  Bhutan 3rd invitation
2006 King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud[106]  Saudi Arabia
2007 President Vladimir Putin[106]  Russia 4th invitation
2008 President Nicolas Sarkozy[106]  France 4th invitation
2009 President Nursultan Nazarbayev[106]  Kazakhstan
2010 President Lee Myung Bak[108]  South Korea
2011 President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono[109][110]  Indonesia 2nd invitation
2012 Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra[111]  Thailand
2013 King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck[112]  Bhutan 4th invitation
2014 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe[113]  Japan 2nd invitation
2015 President Barack Obama[114]  United States
2016 President François Hollande  France 5th invitation[115]
2017 Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan[116]  United Arab Emirates
2018 Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah  Brunei Ten guests (Heads of ASEAN states)[117]
Prime Minister Hun Sen  Cambodia 2nd invitation
President Joko Widodo  Indonesia 3rd invitation
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith  Laos
Prime Minister Najib Razak  Malaysia
President Htin Kyaw  Myanmar
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte  Philippines
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong  Singapore 2nd invitation
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha  Thailand 2nd invitation
Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc  Vietnam 2nd invitation

Notes[edit]

1.^ Danish Prime Minister attended Republic Day in Madras (Chennai).[118]
2.^ For the first time, the President of India (S. Radhakrishnan) could not take the salute at the Republic Day parade due to ill-health.[119] Zahir Shah arrived on 28 January.[120]


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