Narendra Modi invites Nawaz Sharif to swearing-in ceremony

Written by | May 21, 2014 | 0

Indian prime minister-elect Narendra Modi has invited Pakistan’s premier Nawaz Sharif as well as other South Asian leaders to his swearing-in ceremony on Monday, a spokeswoman for his party told AFP.

Nirmala Sitharaman, from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said all heads of government from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation “have been given invitations to be present at Mr Modi’s swearing in.”

Modi is to take the oath as prime minister on May 26, ten days after a landslide win for the BJP which secured the first majority by a single party in 30 years.

A senior official from India’s foreign ministry confirmed that it was examining a proposal to welcome foreign heads of governments, but said that invites had not yet been sent.

“We have not sent any invite yet. There is a proposal but we can’t share the details yet,” the official told AFP.

Sharif, has hailed Modi’s “impressive victory” with many diplomats hoping the two men can engineer a thaw in ties between the two countries.

Sharif has cited his working relationship with Atal Bihari Vajpayee, India’s last prime minister under the BJP, as a reason for optimism, according to diplomatic sources.

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