New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi started his second innings work just after the swearing-in ceremony and held talks with the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Sooronbay Jeenbekov. Sooron Jeenbekov was among the invitees for the swearing-in ceremony of Modi government.

Jeenbekov arrived in Delhi on Thursday afternoon and was received by senior officials of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) leaders along with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena were also present at the swearing-in ceremony.

In 2014, when Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India for the first time, SAARC  leaders were invited for the swearing-in ceremony.

But after the Pulwama attack and Balakot strike, the relationship between India and Pakistan has soured and an invitation to the SAARC nations for the swearing-in was not possible.

The failure of SAARC, due to the India-Pakistan rivalry, forced the Modi government to look at the BIMSTEC as an alternative.