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Modi invites Sharif to inauguration

India's new prime minister plans to invite the leader of rival Pakistan to his inauguration along with other South Asian leaders, his spokesman said.

The decision by prime minister-elect Narendra Modi could signal an intent to improve ties with Pakistan. India and Pakistan have fought three wars since their independence from Britain in 1947.

Nirmala Sitharaman, a spokesman for Mr Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party, said the external affairs ministry will formally issue invitations to all the leaders in the region in coming days.

Mr Modi, who led the BJP to a landslide victory in recent elections, will be sworn into office on Monday.

Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif called Mr Modi to congratulate him after his victory.

No foreign leaders were invited to outgoing prime minister Manmohan Singh's inaugurations.

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