India invites BIMSTEC leaders for Modi's swearing

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BIMSTEC is a regional group comprising India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal.

Kumar added that an invite has also been extended to Kyrgyzstan's President Sooronbay Jeenbekov and to the Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth for the occasion.

"The issue on which Narendra Modi fought the election, the whole focus was on Pakistan bashing [and] on fanning nationalism", Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi told Geo News on Monday. "It was unwise to expect that he can get rid of this narrative (soon)".

Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led the right-wing alliance to sweep back to power on the back of a platform promising economic prosperity, and frequently referred to hardline action against Pakistan as a form of nationalism that India was in need of. Members of Union Council of Ministers will also take the oath.

The Indian High Commission in Islamabad has extended an invite to Pakistani President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan and other top dignitaries for an iftar party on June 1.

Sharif's attendance at Modi's swearing-in ceremony in 2014 had triggered hopes of better ties between the two countries. Imran Khan was one of the first to congratulate Modi on 23rd May on his landslide victory.

"Relations between the countries were based on reciprocity and PM Khan had congratulated Mr Modi as a goodwill gesture", the Pakistani foreign minister said. "Pakistan did not create tension", Qureshi said.

Expressing his desire for carrying out joint efforts for the betterment of their countrymen, PM Khan urged Modi to work together for peace and development of the region.

Referencing the Pulwama attack in Indian occupied Kashmir, which claimed the lives of 40 Indian paramilitary soldiers, FM Qureshi observed; "Pakistan did not stir up the tensions, but Pakistan is committed to diffusing those tensions to serve its interests".

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.

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