Prime Minister Narendra Modi noted that the festival is "an important part of a series of events to commemorate 25 years of India-ASEAN relations, the Festival is a fitting prelude to the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit on 25th January".
When asked about the ceasefire violations, she said, "Let's talk about the NCC Camp and Republic Day today".
A total of 23 tableaux from various states and central government departments on development, cultural and historical themes will be participating in this year's Republic Day parade.
Earlier, Sitharaman awarded the "Raksha Mantri Padak" and commendation cards to the winning cadets at an investiture ceremony held at the camp.
Asean groups the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Brunei.
He said the trade mission would start from India and then to Pakistan to follow the schedule of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, who was conducting his visits to the two countries.
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Duterte had met Modi in the Philippines in November on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit, where the Filipino leader expressed interest in purchasing more affordable medicine from India. The main significance of the ASEAN leaders attending the celebration is that ASEAN has completed 50 years of formation and India has completed 25 years of partnership. India's President Ram Nath Kovind is incumbent head of state, while Prime Minister Modi is the sitting head of government.
Prime Minister said that 1.25 Billion people of India are keen to welcome the Chief Guest.
An all-women contingent of the Border Security Force will give a motorcycle display, an activity so far performed by their male colleagues, on Rajpath. The Constitution of India came into effect on this day. Elaborate preparations were in place ahead of the Republic Day parade.
The RCEP will be a trade pact between 10 ASEAN countries and their six partners - Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand.
Indonesia sends trade mission to South Asia Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita begins a trade mission to India and Pakistan on January 22.
The highest level of participation at the summit, to mark the 25 years of Indo-ASEAN ties, comes in the backdrop of increasing Chinese economic and military assertiveness in the region.