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Narendra Modi took over as the new Prime Minister of India

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Modi said he will create a "strong and inclusive" India. "As we dedicate ourselves to bring development in India to newer heights, we seek your support, blessing and active participation"

Narendra Modi sworn in as new prime minister of India, at a ceremony at the presidential palace in New Delhi, attended by heads of state and government of other Asian countries, including neighboring Pakistan also.

The Hindu nationalist leader of 63 years, who heads the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was sworn in as the fifteenth prime minister by the Indian President, Pranab Mukherjee, in the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the President's official residence) in the capital national.

Among the nearly 44 ministers were also sworn with Modi are BJP president Rajnath Singh and senior leaders like Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj, who will take charge of the four key ministries - Interior, Finance, Foreign Affairs and Defence - which together constitute the Cabinet Committee on Security.

Minutes after the swearing, Modi said that will create a "strong and inclusive" India. "As I get busy developing lead India to newer heights, we seek your support, blessing and active participation," he said in a statement posted on the website of the Prime Minister.

"I bring a message of peace," said Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, according to Indian news agency IANS. Never before has a head of government from one of two feuding countries had participated in the inauguration of another.

India and Pakistan, both nuclear powers, fought three wars and last year again troops were casualties on both sides of the line of border control.

"Dialogue is the only way to solve bilateral issues," said Sharif.

The invitation sent by Modi Sharif to participate in his inauguration to the head of government of India and the acceptance by the Pakistani prime minister of the same symbolic gestures were interpreted by analysts as a possible new beginning in relations between the two countries.

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The new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif and other leaders of the neighboring nations, the day after being sworn.

traslation: Belén Zapata