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India's Modi Invites Pakistani PM To Inauguration

Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi
Indian Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi has invited the leaders of Pakistan and other neighbors to his swearing-in ceremony next week.

Modi's party said on May 21 that Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would be on the guest list of leaders from the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) invited to attend Modi's inauguration on May 26.

Besides India and Pakistan, SAARC groups Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

The French news agency AFP quotes a senior official from India's Foreign Ministry as confirming that it was examining a proposal to welcome foreign heads of governments but that invites had not yet been sent.

India and Pakistan have had tense relations since independence in 1947.

The nuclear-armed neghbors have fought two wars over Kashmir.
Based on reporting by AFP, AP, and Reuters