"India receives confirmation of participation from Sri Lanka @PresRajapaksa to attend @narendramodi swearing in ceremony on 26 May," he posted. He made similar tweets about confirmation about participation from Maldives and Afghanistan.
Akbaruddin said India had also received confirmation that Bhutan's Prime Minister Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay and Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala will attend, while Bangladesh has informed that Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury will attend.
The Pakistan Foreign Office said Prime Minister Sharif will decide May 22 whether or not to attend Modi's oath-taking ceremony and noted that it expects a "meaningful dialogue" with India after Modi assumes charge.
Akbaruddin said Mauritius's Ramgoolam had been invited to the swearing-in and had confirmed his participation.
Modi, who had surprised the world with his election victory, invited heads of government of all the SAARC countries for his oath-taking ceremony in a major diplomatic signal to the region as well as to the global community. Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh wrote to her SAARC counterparts May 21 inviting their leaders to the swearing in on May 26. SAARC comprises, besides India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the Maldives, Bhutan and Afghanistan. Akbaruddin had said May 21 it was the first time that India has invited all SAARC members to attend a swearing-in ceremony of the prime minister. Modi will take oath as India's 14th prime minister at the ceremony that is expected to be attended by over 3,000 invited guests and will be telecast live. The swearing-in ceremony would be held in the open forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan, the presidential palace here. (IANS)