Chiefs of SAARC members have also been sent invitations to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Modi, who won a resounding mandate from the people of India in the recently-concluded Lok Sabha elections.

Soon after Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party was declared clear winner of the Lok Sabha elections, Sharif had invited Modi to visit Pakistan at a suitable time.

Just like former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Modi has also expressed wish to be sworn as the country’s 14th Prime Minister in the expansive forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan so that a large number of dignitaries can be fitted in.

Since the BJP has invited a large number of dignitaries to Modi’s swearing-in ceremony, the iconic Durbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhavan is unlikely to be used for the ceremony since it can only at maximum accommodate 500 people.

Meanwhile, both Sharif and Modi would be looking to take steps to improve the bilateral relations between the estranged neighbours, whose relationship has been topsy-turvy in recent past.

Earlier, Modi during an interview with a leading news channel had claimed that no talks with Pakistan can take place amid the sound of gun shots and blasts.

(JPN)

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