External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar visited Cairo last month and had handed over a “personal message’’ from PM Modi to Gen El-Sisi.
A Congress leader had yesterday alleged that by not allocating a seat to the Congress president in the front row, the Modi government was resorting to "cheap politics".
The Congress said that BJP had done it in breach of protocol and to "demean" the party and its President, Rahul Gandhi.
For the first time, the R-Day parade will be attended by 10 heads of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Leaders of all 10 ASEAN countries have confirmed their participation as Guests of Honour at India's Republic Day celebrations to commemorate 25 years of close ties with the southeast Asian bloc.