Nepal Foreign Affairs (KATHMANDU, 27 2019) – Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi, newly elected Prime Minister of southern neigbour India.
Modi has been reelected as Prime Minister of India for the second term with the landslide victory over Indian National Congress (INC) led by Rahul Gandhi.
The officials of the India’s Foreign Ministry today called the ambassadors of 10 neighbour nations including the BIMSTEC and formally gave an invitation to attend the swearing ceremony.
Upon the invitation of Prime Minister Modi, Prime Minister Oli will leave for New Delhi on Thursday and attend the official ceremony. The swearing ceremony will held at 7 o’clock in the evening.
Prime Minister Oli will then attend the banquet dinner hosted by India’s President Ramnath Kobind in honour of the heads of the state and the governments of the invitee countries.
Prime Minister Oli and Prime Minister Modi will hold bilateral talks on Friday, according to the sources. Prime Minister will return home the same day.
Modi had invited the heads of the state\government of the SAARC countries in his first swearing-in ceremony as Prime Minister. In his second tenure, he is replacing SAARC with BIMSTEC.
In a clear indication of his policy to isolate Pakistan from the regional forum, Modi chose BIMSTEC over SAARC. Pakistan is not the member of BIMSTEC.