NEW DELHI: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi would hold landmark talks with his Pakistani counterpart and announce his new cabinet on Tuesday as he looked to hit the ground running on his first day in office.
The morning after Modi and his slimmed-down team of ministers were sworn in, the right-wing leader was to host Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a bid to ease tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours.
Sharif was one of six regional leaders to attend the lavish inauguration on Monday evening for Modi.
Modi has an image as a hardliner, even within his own Hindu nationalist party, and is regarded with deep suspicion by many in Pakistan after deadly anti-Muslim riots erupted in his western fiefdom a decade ago.
But in a surprise move that disarmed many of his critics, Modi decided last week to invite Sharif to his inauguration and then to join him for bilateral talks scheduled for Tuesday morning.