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US not to attend Modi’s swearing-in

WASHINGTON: The United States has apologized the Indian Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi to attend his swearing-in ceremony in New Delhi scheduled on May 26, ARY News reported Thursday.

According to media reports, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said that as in past years Washington was not planning to attend the inauguration set for Monday.

“We don’t have any plans to send a representative from the United States. It’s standard for events and inaugurations in India, so it should come as no surprise,” she told reporters.

Ties between Washington and New Delhi have chilled in recent months after the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York on charges of abusing her maid.

Both President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have congratulated Modi on his election.

Earlier on Wednesday, Modi invited Pakistani Premier Nawaz Sharif to his oath taking ceremony.

Sharif had congratulated Modi on his election triumph and invited him to Pakistan the day he was declared winner.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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