Nepal PM to visit In­dia from Apr. 6- 8

The Asian Age - - Front Page - AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

New Delhi: Nepal’s Prime Min­is­ter K. P. Sharma Oli will pay a three- day visit to In­dia from April 6 dur­ing which he will hold talks with the top lead­er­ship here to strengthen the part­ner­ship be­tween the two coun­tries. A high- level del­e­ga­tion will ac­com­pany Mr Oli.

Even as China is staunchly back­ing the new Com­mu­nist gov­ern­ment in Nepal, Nepalese Prime Min­is­ter K. P. Sharma Oli — widely seen as proChina in his poli­cies and ap­proach — will make a three- day of­fi­cial visit to In­dia from April 6. Not­with­stand­ing the chang­ing dy­nam­ics, New Delhi is try­ing to en­sure that it re­tains its in­flu­ence and rel­e­vance in the Nepalese polity.

In a state­ment, the MEA said, “At the in­vi­ta­tion of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, Rt. Hon’ble K. P. Sharma Oli, Prime Min­is­ter of Nepal, ac­com­pa­nied by his spouse Mrs. Rad­hika Shakya, will be pay­ing a State Visit to In­dia from April 6- 8, 2018. A high- level del­e­ga­tion will ac­com­pany Prime Min­is­ter of Nepal.”

The MEA fur­ther said, “Dur­ing the visit, Prime Min­is­ter of Nepal will call on Rash­tra­p­atiji ( Pres­i­dent) and Vice Pres­i­dent of In­dia, and will hold talks with Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia. EAM and other Min­is­ters will call on the Prime Min­is­ter of Nepal. In­dia and Nepal en­joy age- old, spe­cial ties of friend­ship and co­op­er­a­tion.

The up­com­ing visit will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to the two sides to re­view wide- rang­ing co­op­er­a­tive part­ner­ship, and to progress it fur­ther for the ben­e­fit of the two peo­ples. Be­sides of­fi­cial en­gage­ments in New Delhi, the Prime Min­is­ter of Nepal will be vis­it­ing G. B. Pant Univer­sity of Agri­cul­ture and Tech­nol­ogy in Pant­na­gar, Ut­tarak­hand.”

With China al­ready un­der­tak­ing mas­sive eco­nomic as­sis­tance to Nepal, In­dia, in its bud­get for 2018- 19 un­veiled about two months ago, had steeply hiked aid to Nepal to ` 650 crore for 2018- 19, up from just ` 375 crore in the re­vised es­ti­mates for 201718. Ms. Swaraj had also then dur­ing the visit met the vic­to­ri­ous chair­man of CPN- UML ( and cur­rent prime min­is­ter) Mr Oli.

— PTI

Novice Bud­dhist nuns get or­dained un­der the sa­cred Maha Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya on Fri­day.

K. P. Sharma Oli

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