Indian prime minister Narendra Modi set to miss Queen’s funeral

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India’s President Draupadi Murmu will travel to London later this week to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, the Delhi government has confirmed.

independent It understands that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not attend the state funeral on Monday 19 September because the two leaders do not usually leave the country on foreign trips at the same time.

A statement from the Ministry of External Affairs said on Wednesday that the President would condol the funeral on behalf of the Indian government.

“During the 70 years of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, India-UK relations have grown, developed and strengthened,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

“He played a vital role in the welfare of millions of people around the world as head of the Commonwealth.”

India, a former British colony for 200 years, declared state mourning for the queen on 11 September as a “symbol of honour.” On Sunday, the country celebrated the day without any official entertainment and the national flag was flown at half-mast across the country, read a statement from the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Ms Murmu is the newly elected 15th President of India, sworn in in late July, when she was backed by lawmakers in a historic moment in which a politician from an indigenous community assumed the country’s highest elective office for the first time. .

The Indian President will attend the state funeral along with Prime Ministers of Commonwealth countries such as US President Joe Biden and Canada’s Justin Trudeau, New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern and Australia’s Anthony Albanese.

Other leaders who attended the funeral include French President Emmanuel Macron, Germany’s Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Italian President Sergio Mattarella, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan along with Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro.

EU President Ursula von der Leyen is also expected to be present.

It will be one of the largest diplomatic gatherings in decades, with around 500 foreign dignitaries expected to join the bereaved royal family in London.

But the British government has not sent invitations to the Queen’s state funeral to Russia, Belarus or Myanmar, Whitehall sources have said.

Meanwhile, Iran has received an invitation from the Foreign Office but is expected to be “represented only at an ambassadorial level”.

Russia was explicitly abandoned according to the foreign policy of the UK government, condemning Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Moscow, and leaving its closest ally Belarus to support the country in its ambitions.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky is not expected to attend amid the Russian invasion of his country.

The procession of the Queen’s coffin, which began its journey from Balmoral over the weekend, will conclude with a state funeral on Monday to pay respects to the service of Britain’s longest-serving monarch. King Charles III approved making the day a national holiday in Britain as one of his first acts as the new monarch.

The Queen will be laid to rest within St George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle. She will be placed alongside her “strength and living” 73-year-old, Prince Philip, whose coffin will move from the Royal Vault to join the Queen in the memorial chapel.

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