India has extended an invitation to several leaders from its neighboring countries and from the Indian Ocean region as “distinguished guests” to grace the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister of India for the third consecutive term.

The swearing-in ceremony is scheduled to take place on June 9 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan at 7:15 PM. During the ceremony, the Council of Ministers will also be taking oath of office and secrecy as part of the PM’s cabinet.

According to an official statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, the leaders who have accepted the invitation and will be arriving in the national capital for the ceremony on Sunday include

  • President of Sri Lanka, H.E. Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe
  • President of Maldives, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Muizzu
  • Vice-President of Seychelles, H.E. Mr. Ahmed Afif
  • Prime Minister of Bangladesh, H.E. Sheikh Hasina
  • Prime Minister of Mauritius, H.E. Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth
  • Prime Minister of Nepal, H.E. Mr. Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’
  • Prime Minister of Bhutan, H.E. Mr. Tshering Tobgay 

The same evening, the leaders will also be attending a Banquet hosted by President Droupadi Murmu at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, following the swearing-in ceremony, the statement added.

“The visit of the leaders to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for his third consecutive term is in keeping with the highest priority accorded by India to its ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy and ‘SAGAR’ vision,” the statement added.

Delhi Police officials told news agency PTI that the national capital will remain on high alert on Sunday as dignitaries from SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) nations have been invited to attend the swearing-in ceremony.

According to officials, “dignitaries attending the swearing-in will be given designated routes from their hotels to the venue and back.”

In view of their visit, hotels in the city including the Leela, Taj, ITC Maurya, Claridges and Oberoi have already been brought under the heavy security cover, the report added.

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