BIMSTEC leaders invited to Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony, Imran Khan left out 

Arunima Bajaj  Tuesday 28th of May 2019 10:12 AM
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New Delhi: After being elected back to power, Narendra Modi’s government will continue the policy of reaching out to the “immediate neighbourhood”. The government has invited leaders of the BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) countries, which includes Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Nepal and Bhutan, for Modi’s swearing-in ceremony as the prime minister for the second term, on May 30.

The President’s Office, on Sunday, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be administered oath of office for his second term along with his new council of ministers on May 30.

The Pakistani prime minister, Imran Khan, had congratulated Modi over his victory, but according to reports, Modi has decided there will be no invitation to Khan.

Pakistan continues to harbour, sponsor and train terrorist groups carrying out attacks in India. The February 14 suicide attack in Pulwama by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Muhammed and the subsequent Indian air raid in Pakistan’s Balakot on a terror camp followed by Pakistan’s attempted aerial bombing of Indian military installations have further deteriorated the ties between New Delhi and Islamabad.  




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