Modi to inaugurate conference on disaster risk reduction

New Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Thursday inaugurate a three-day Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction 2016.

A two-member team from Pakistan will also participate in the conference, Home Minister Rajnath Singh told the media here on Wednesday.

“About 4,000 representatives from 61 countries will participate in the event. Forty one countries have confirmed their participation, he added.

The event will help take the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 forward.

The visit of the Pakistan team to the event comes amid a sharp downturn in bilateral ties after India on October 27 asked a junior Pakistani diplomat to leave the country for running a spy ring.

Pakistan retaliated and declared Indian High Commission official Surjeet Singh as persona non grata and asked he leave the country within 48 hours.