Before taking office, Modi sends an invitation to Pakistan

May 22, 2014 5:35 AM

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NEW DELHI: Prime minister-designate Narendra Modi on Wednesday invited his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif to attend his swearing-in ceremony next week, an unusual gesture that has inspired hopes that the change in government will lead to improved relations between the two countries.

Modi, who promised in his campaign to make India a more muscular presence on the world stage, has broken new ground by inviting the leaders of all of India's neighbors.

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