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Pakistan's PM offers delayed congratulations to Modi

June 11, 2024 00:00:00

ISLAMABAD, June 10 (AFP): Pakistan's Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday offered a brief congratulations to his counterpart Narendra Modi on his re-election in rival India, almost a week after the results came in.

Born out of the partition of British-ruled India in 1947, the neighbours have fought two wars over the disputed territory of Kashmir. "Felicitations to @narendramodi (Modi) on taking oath as the Prime Minister of India," he posted on X, in the first official comments from Pakistan.

Modi was sworn in on Sunday at a ceremony attended by South Asian leaders from Bangladesh, the Maldives and Sri Lanka, however neighbouring rivals China and Pakistan were not present.

Sharif's brother and ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif attended the inauguration of Modi in 2014, a first in the history of the nuclear-armed nations.

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