India likely to invite leaders from neighboring countries during Modi’s inauguration: reports

Published On: May 26, 2019 11:53 AM NPT By: Bipana Thapa

KATHMANDU, May 26: The Indian government is considering to invite leaders from neighboring countries including Nepal during the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indian media reported on Sunday.

However, the Indian government has yet to send formal invitations to the leaders of neighboring countries for the swearing-in ceremony, the Times of India reported.   

Indian Embassy Spokesperson in Kathmandu Abhisekh Dubey told Republica Online that the embassy does not have information in this regard. 

To underscore the significance of India’s Neighborhood First Policy, the Indian PM is likely to make a neighboring country his first port of call after taking over as PM for the second time on May 30, the TOI report said.

Modi had invited leaders from the SAARC member countries for his inauguration in 2014.

Media reports said that Modi is unlikely to invite his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan this time due to the hostile relationship between India and Pakistan.  

Meanwhile, The Hindu reported that Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is going to attend Modi's swearing-in ceremony scheduled to be held in New Delhi on May 30.




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