Pakistan confirms receiving Modi’s invitation, to decide today

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has received an invitation for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to attend the inauguration of Indian Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi and will decide on Thursday whether or not to accept it, the foreign office said.

India invited Sharif and other South Asian leaders to attend Modi´s swearing-in on Monday.

“The invitation was received yesterday,” Pakistani foreign office spokeswoman Tasneem Aslam told reporters. “A decision whether the prime minister would attend or not will be taken some time today.”

Aslam said Pakistan saw this as a chance to improve relations. “We hope the dialogue process between India and Pakistan will resume,” she said. “It would be a meaningful dialogue, it would be constructive talks, and it would be dialogue with a view to resolving outstanding disputes between our two counties so that this region could have durable peace.”