Nepal’s new prime minister Khadga Prasad Oli, who took charge on Monday, said he was looking forward to visiting India soon.
Oli, who was sworn in as Nepal’s 38th head of government a day after he was elected to the post, made the remarks during a meeting with Indian ambassador Ranjit Rae.
Rae met the new Prime Minister at his residence in Bhaktapur before his swearing-in and conveyed New Delhi’s best wishes on his election and a successful tenure.
Oli said Nepal-India relations are important and mutually beneficial to both neighbours. He said he looked forward to visiting India soon.
The 63-year-old chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist was administered oath of office by President Ram Baran Yadav at a function held in Shital Niwas, the President’s official residence.
A team of seven ministers, including those from the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist, Rashtriya Prajatantra Party (Nepal) and Madhesi Peoples’ Rights Forum-Democratic, were administered oath during the ceremony.
They included deputy prime ministers Bijay Gachchadar, chairman of the MPRF-D, and Kamal Thapa, chief of the right-wing RPP-N.
Another deputy prime minister from the UCPN-M, ministers from the CPN-UML and those who supported Oli in Sunday’s election are expected to be included in the cabinet soon.
The Nepali Congress, which was part of the earlier coalition headed by chairman Sushil Koirala, whom Oli defeated in the election, has decided to remain in the opposition.