PM Modi swearing-in ceremony: India invites neighbours, ignores Pakistan
New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to start his second term and for that, he will be swearing-in on May 30. The government has invited leaders from Bimstec countries (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) – Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan – as well as Kyrgystan and Mauritius. But, no invitation has been sent to Pakistan, a clear hint that India is not ready to engage with Islamabad yet.
Confirming about the invitations, the MEA announced that the invitation was "in line with the government's focus on its "Neighbourhood first" policy.
In 2014, SAARC leaders were invited for the swearing-in ceremony. Then Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was also present at the event.
By 2019, India has opted a strong stand against Pakistan for providing shelter to terrorists in their land. The tri-colour nation has clearly mentioned that terror and talks cannot go together.
Repeated terror attacks on Indian soil from Pakistan have made the situation worse; India had to manually carry out two surgical strikes to wipe out terror camps across the Line of Control in Pakistan.
PM Narendra Modi-led NDA has registered a huge win with 350 seats in this election.