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Nepalese President arrives on maiden visit to India

Nepal’s President Bidhya Devi Bhandari will hold talks with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Ties between the two close neighbours have faced some strains following the agitation by the Madhesi community in Nepal last year.

india Updated: Apr 17, 2017 20:54 IST
Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari shakes hand with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee. The Indian leader visited  the Himalayan nation last year.
Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari shakes hand with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee. The Indian leader visited the Himalayan nation last year.(AP File Photo)

Nepal’s President Bidhya Devi Bhandari arrived in New Delhi on Monday on her first overseas tour during which she will hold talks with top Indian leadership to strengthen bilateral ties between the two neighbours.

“Neighbourhood first. Bidhya Devi Bhandari, President of Nepal, arrives in New Delhi on State Visit to India,” the external affairs ministry spokesperson tweeted.

She will hold talks with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, exploring ways to expand cooperation between the two close neighbours whose ties faced some strains following the agitation by the Madhesi community last year.

Vice President Hamid Ansari, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, home minister Rajnath Singh and finance minister Arun Jaitley will also call on the Nepalese President.

Bhandari was scheduled to visit India in May last year, but the trip was cancelled after the then cabinet did not endorse the visit, citing lack of preparations on the part of the government.