Foreign dignitaries arrived in New Delhi to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi for a third term as the Prime Minister of India. Among the foreign leaders arriving in the national capital was Maldivian President Mohamed Muizzu who is on his maiden trip to India after after he became the island nation’s president on November 17 last year.

“President @MMuizzu of Maldives arrives to a warm welcome in New Delhi to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said on ‘X’.

Muizzu’s invitation assumes significance as it came amid frosty ties between India and Maldives after Muizzu, known for his pro-China leanings, demanded the withdrawal of Indian military personnel from his country.

Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth also touched down in Delhi on Sunday to attend the swearing-in ceremony. Both Jugnauth and Muizzu are among the leaders of seven countries from India’s neighbourhood and the Indian Ocean region who will attend the ceremony to be held at 7:15 pm in Rashtrapati Bhawan. 

Besides, Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Bhutam Prime Minister Tshering Togbay arrived in New Delhi on Sunday. 

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Seychelles Vice-President Ahmed Afif have already arrived in Delhi for the event. 

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