Possible Thaw, Pakistani Leader to Attend Modi’s Swearing-in

NEW DELHI — India said Saturday that Pakistan’s prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, has accepted an invitation to attend the swearing-in of India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, in a mutual gesture that may mark a turning point in the relations between the two countries, which have been particularly frosty since early 2013.

Mr. Modi, a Hindu nationalist who promised in his campaign to make India a more muscular presence on the world stage, has broken new ground by inviting top officials from all the members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation to Monday’s swearing-in, which has traditionally not included any foreign leaders.

Mr. Modi’s invitation also sent a jolt through Indian domestic politics, sending the message that he would act independently on foreign policy, not allowing decisions to be swayed by the interests of the country’s regional heavyweights. Political leaders in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, who have long defended the rights of Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority, were harshly critical of the decision to invite President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka.. . . . . . . . .

Very good news.setting the tone for Mr. Modi’s new leadership  position and  also showing the willingness of Mr. Sharif to  also step forward !  Bravo, Mr. Modi, and Mr. Sharif !

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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2 Responses to Possible Thaw, Pakistani Leader to Attend Modi’s Swearing-in

  1. lauramacky says:

    Thank you for your insight into India as always. I’m always fascinated and learn a little bit more each time. :

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