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Hope Sharif`s nod to invite will mark new start in ties: Omar Abdullah

PTI | Last Updated: Saturday, May 24, 2014 - 15:03

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said he was glad that Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif has accepted the invitation to attend Narendra Modi`s oath-taking ceremony as Prime Minister and hoped that this would mark a new beginning in 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.Com.

Abdullah said the people of Jammu and Kashmir will 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 will 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 today confirmed that Sharif will travel to Delhi to attend Modi`s oath taking ceremony on Monday.

First Published: Saturday, May 24, 2014 - 15:03
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