India has invited the leaders of the BIMSTEC Member States for the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday evening.
Ministry of External Affairs, MEA said that invitations have also been sent to the President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov who is the current Chair of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth, the Chief Guest at this year’s Pravasi Bhartiya Divas.
MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to a media query, this is in line with the Government’s focus on its ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy.
The BIMSTEC, or the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation, member states are: Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan including India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take oath for the second term on Thursday evening. President Ram Nath Kovind will administer the Oath of Office and Secrecy to Mr Modi and other members of Union Council of Ministers at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan.