SAARC Leaders Visit for Modi’s Swearing In – A first timer

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By Sarkaritel May 23, 2014 19:50

SAARC Leaders Visit for Modi’s Swearing In – A first timer


23modi_foreign_policyBy TN Ashok

New Delhi, May 23: It is for the first time that so many leaders from the Indian sub-continent coming under the umbrella of the South Asian Association for Regional  Cooperation (SAARC) have been invited and would be coming to attend the swearing in event of a prime minister designate, namely Narendra Modi.

Stating this, the Indian foreign office (Ministry of External Affairs) spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told newsmen today that the Prime Minister Designate Narendra Modi had desired that all SAARC leaders attend the event and accordingly the MEA had through the Foreign Secretary extended the PM designates invite to the leaders , that is the prime ministers and presidents in these countries to attend the event.

“India however left it to the prerogative of the leaders of these countries to decide the composition of its delegation – that is whom to bring along with them “, he said while answering a question from a newsman on whether India had also invited the opposition leaders from these countries.

The foreign office spokesman said that while the response was awaited from Prime Minister Nawaz Shariff of Pakistan, all other countries had accepted the invite and confirmed they would be attending.

The honours list of VVIPs includes the Afghan President Ahmed Karzai, President of Maldives, President of Sri Lanka M Rajapakse, Prime Minister of Bhutan, Prime Minister of Mauritius, Prime Minister of Nepal and the Speaker of the Bangladesh Parliament.

“The President of Bangladesh is not able to attend as she would be on an official visit to Japan, a prior commitment, “the spokesman pointed out.

On reports that some of the regional parties in Tamil Nadu such as the AIADMK and the DMK and also one of the NDA allies PMK had protested the Modi invite to Sri Lankan President on grounds that it would hurt the sentiments of the people of Tamil Nadu given the track record of Rajapakse’’s human rights violations against Tamils in the island, the foreign office spokesman said, it was not for the foreign office to comment on such issues as they were domestic matters which fell outside the perimeter of their authority.

The spokesman also declined to confirm or deny reports that the Sri Lankan President was bringing with him the Chief Minister of the Tamil dominated Northern province of the island to placate the sentiments of the people of Tamil Nadu except to say “the Sri Lankan president has the prerogative to bring or include anyone he wants as part of the delegation.”

The Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi would be hosting a banquet on May 27, a day after the swearing in, for the SAARC leaders at Hyderabad house. He will also have individual one on one meetings with each of the leaders of the SAARC region, the spokesman said adding it was difficult to spell the agenda for each of the meeting now, there would be official announcements on the progress of each of the meetings later besides photo ops during the events.

Sarkaritel
By Sarkaritel May 23, 2014 19:50