Narendra Modi's pm swearing-in ceremony will be in the presence of Nawaz Sharif

New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will attend Narendra Modi's oath-taking ceremony as Prime Minister of India on Monday, May 26, his office has confirmed.
 
"On the invitation of Prime Minister designate, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will visit New Delhi," PML-N Spokesperson Siddiq Al Farooq said today.
 
The two leaders will hold a bilateral meeting on May 27, the Pakistan prime minister's office said in a statement. 
 
Mr Sharif is also likely to invite Mr Modi to visit Pakistan. He will also call on President Pranab Mukherjee.
 
Mr Sharif will return to Pakistan in the afternoon of May 27, said his office. 
"Hope this will usher in a new era between India and Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif has always said that he wants to maintain good relations with all neighbouring countries, specially with India," Mr Sharif's media advisor, Tariq Azim, told NDTV.
 
Sharif had telephoned Modi to congratulate him on May 16, when election results were declared, and invited him to visit Pakistan after assuming office. Leader of Opposition in the Pakistan National Assembly Khurshid Ahmed Shah has also asked Sharif to accept the invitation. 
 
Narendra Modi had invited the leaders of member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) for the swearing-in ceremony. 
 
Other dignitaries who are arriving include: Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Bangladesh Parliament Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury - all from South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries. Mauritius Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam is also attending. 
 
It is the first time in India's history that leaders from neighbouring countries have been invited to the swearing-in ceremony of a prime minister.