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Foreign leaders began arriving here from Wednesday evening for the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The first to arrive was Bangladesh President Mohammed Abdul Hamid.

Mr. Modi’s swearing-in is to be attended by Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth, Prime Minister of Bhutan Lotay Tshering, President of Myanmar U Win Myint, President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena, and President of Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbay Jeenbekov. With the exception of Mauritius and Kyrgyz Republic, rest of the invitees are from the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) grouping. Most of the leaders will land here by Thursday afternoon.

Special Envoy

Thailand, which is a leading member of BIMSTEC, will be represented by Agriculture Minister Grisada Boonrach. He will be a Special Envoy of the country to the evening ceremony.

However, there is uncertainty over the presence of Tibetan President or Sikyong in Exile Dr. Lobsang Sangay in the swearing-in ceremony. Tibetan sources indicate that they have not received any information from the Indian authorities. It is learnt that Dr. Sangay had left for an official tour of the United States and was unlikely to be present in Delhi during the swearing-in ceremony.

Source – The Hindu

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