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Nepal president to visit India in April

Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari will hold talks with President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, home minister Rajnath Singh, and leaders of ruling and opposition parties in New Delhi.

world Updated: Mar 25, 2017 20:12 IST
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Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari with Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee during his visit to Nepal in November 2016.(Reuters File)

Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari will make a state visit to India from April 17 at the invitation of her Indian counterpart, Pranab Mukherjee.

The President’s Office confirmed the visit, her first trip abroad after assuming office in October 2015. Besides Mukherjee, Bhandari will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, home minister Rajnath Singh, and leaders of ruling and opposition parties in New Delhi, said Madan Kumar Bhattarai, an aide to the president. 

“We are not sure whether the visit will be for four or five days. The itinerary is yet to be decided,” Bhattarai said.

Some minor agreements are likely to be inked during the visit, officials said.

Bhandari was slated to visit India last year but the trip was cancelled after former premier KP Sharma Oli stepped down. Oli had accused India of toppling his government, a charge denied by New Delhi. 

Officials told Hindustan Times that after her engagements in New Delhi, Bhandari is expected to visit Varanasi, where she will attend a function at the Banaras Hindu University.