BIMSTEC leaders invited for Narendra Modi’s swearing in on 30 May

BIMSTEC leaders invited for Narendra Modi’s swearing in on 30 May

The leaders of Kyrgyzstan and Mauritius have also been invited but two sources in Indian's foreign ministry said Pakistan will not be on the list, without providing further information. The BIMSTEC member states include Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan.

"Now, to expect that he will be able to rid himself of that narrative within a moment, and open himself up to the entire opposition's criticism, that is unlikely".

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he is presented with a garland by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders after the election results in New Delhi, India, May 23, 2019.

On Sunday, Mr Khan telephoned Mr Modi to congratulate him on his party's victory in the recent elections, yet has reportedly not been invited to the ceremony.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on former President of India Pranab Mukherjee nearly a week after the Bharatiya Janata Party's sweeping victory in the Lok Sabha elections.

The then Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif had attended the ceremony.

Speaking to Geo News on Monday, Qureshi said Modi had congratulated Khan after he won the general election past year and wrote a letter as well.

The sources said all chief ministers, governors, former prime ministers and presidents have been sent invitations for the event. Members of Union Council of Ministers will also take the oath.

It was the first meeting after the Pulwama attack and the tensions that ensued after Pakistan shot down two Indian planes and captured IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan.

If he [Modi] wants development of this region.the only way is to sit with Pakistan to find a solution.

"It is in the interest of Pakistan to defuse tensions..."

After the Indian misadventure of entering Pakistan's airspace on 26th February, Pakistan had shut down its airspace for flights coming from and going to India.

"The Indian government had requested us to allow Ms Swaraj to fly over Pakistan to avoid the longer route, and we gave them permission", Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal told Hindu.

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