Lahore- Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has arrived in New Delhi today to attend the oath-taking ceremony of India's Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi.
India's invitation to Sharif for Modi's inauguration and bilateral talks extended a couple of days ago had come as a surprise, raising hopes for a thaw in relations between the two countries that have been particularly frosty since the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Sharif accepted the invitation and ordered the release of 151 Indian prisoners on Sunday.
PM Nawaz said to the media before on Lahore Airport that he is visiting India with a message of peace, since dialogue is the only solution to our problems. He said that positive relationship with all the neighboring countries including India is his prime preference. The officials who are accompanying the prime minister include Advisor to the PM on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Assistant to the PM on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Political Secretary Asif Kirmani and the premier's son Hussain Nawaz.
The Prime Minister will have a bilateral meeting on Tuesday with Narendra Modi who has invited leaders of Pakistan and South Asian Association For Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to attend the ceremony.
Officials said the PM will also call on Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, who will host a private dinner for Modi and Saarc leaders including Pakistani PM. The PM he would return to Pakistan in the afternoon of May 27.