In an unprecedented diplomatic move, the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has agreed to attend the newly elected Indian premier’s oath-taking ceremony. The decision came after a series of consultations with the premier’s senior aides and party members.
The Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz affirmed that the government has had a series of meetings in the last two days over this issue. The Foreign Office has stated that the details of the visit are still being discussed, including the members of the PM’s delegation. Sartaj Aziz and Tariq Fatemi are likely to escort the PM.
A one on one meeting is likely to be held between to the two heads of governments to discuss the Indo-Pakistan bilateral dialogue. PM Nawaz will stay overnight and also meet the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh confirmed that Narendra Modi will be sworn in as the Indian prime minister and form a government on May 26 at 6:00 PM.
The invite had been sent to the leaders of all the SAARC countries. This is the first time in Indian history that leaders of the neighboring countries have been invited to a swearing-in ceremony of the prime minister and it is widely considered a signal of easing political tensions in the South Asia.