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Hope Sharif visit will herald a new beginning in Indo-Pak ties: Omar
Srinagar, May 24, 2014
First Published: 18:42 IST(24/5/2014)
Last Updated: 18:49 IST(24/5/2014)

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday said he was glad that Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif had accepted the invitation to attend Narendra Modi's oath-taking ceremony as Prime Minister and hoped that it would mark a new beginning in the Indo-Pak relations.

"Very glad to hear Pak PM has accepted invite, shows that he can prevail over forces inimical to good relations with India,"Omar wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Abdullah said the people of Jammu and Kashmir would be closely watching the developments.
"I hope that this will mark a new beginning in ties between our two countries. The people of J&K will be watching closely,"he said.

The chief minister also opined that the Modi-Sharif handshake would overshadow the presence of other foreign dignitaries attending Modi's swearing in ceremony on Monday.

"Can't help feel sorry for others taking oath or attending because the only photo op that will matter now will be the Modi-Sharif handshake," he said.

A spokesperson of the Pakistan Prime Minister Office and foreign ministry on Saturday confirmed that Sharif would travel to Delhi to attend Modi's oath-taking ceremony on Monday.


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