Sultan of Oman to be 2013 Republic Day celebrations chief guest.
Sultan of Oman Qaboos bin Said Al Said will be the chief guest of 2013 Republic Day celebrations.
A decision to this effect was taken by the Cabinet committee after informal discussions through diplomatic channels with the Sultan of Oman.
With the acceptance of the invitation, President Pranab Mukherjee will now write an official invite to the Sultan of Oman to be followed up by telephone calls from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister S M Krishna.
This invitation to the Sultan of Oman is being viewed as significant, as the government is shifting its focus on energy security.