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Narendra Modi's maiden I-Day speech heard by a record 144 foreign mission heads

India TV News Desk 15 Aug 2014, 14:55:55 PM IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi: MEA was pleasantly surprised  by the overwhelming interest evinced by heads of foreign missions posted in Delhi to physically attend the Independence Day celebrations held at Red Ford and hear out Prime Minister Narendra Modi's maiden address to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort.  

“Usually, out of the 153 Foreign Missions in New Delhi, 50-60 Missions approach us for passes to attend the Ceremony at Red Fort.However, this time we received an unprecedented request from 150 Missions to attend.

Given paucity of space, only 144 of these could be accommodated,” said an MEA official.

Given the enormous interest shown by foreign Missions, for the very first time, arrangements were made for simultaneous English translation for the benefit of the foreign diplomatic corps.