New Delhi: National leaders of the seven Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), countries are invited for the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 30 as per sources.
The BIMSTEC consists of countries that are dependent on the Bay of Bengal, namely Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal, and Bhutan. It was formed in June 1997 through the Bangkok Declaration to serve as a bridge between South and South East Asia.
However, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will miss Modi’s swearing-in as she will be on a three-nation foreign visit, officials in Dhaka said Monday.
Hasina will be on a tri-nation visit to Japan, Saudi Arabia and Finland beginning Tuesday.
Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq will attend the ceremony as the senior-most Cabinet member of the Bangladesh government.
She could not attend the previous swearing-in ceremony of Modi in 2014 as she was abroad then too.
Apart from the BIMSTEC nation, President of Kyrgyzstan, who is the current Chair of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and the Prime Minister of Mauritius, who was the Chief Guest at this year’s Pravasi Bhartiya Divas, have also been invited.