Menon to visit Nepal on Saturday
Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon will arrive in Kathmandu on Friday on a two-day official visit to impress upon the Nepalese leadership the need to take the peace process in the country forward.world Updated: Jun 19, 2009 14:28 IST
Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon will arrive in Kathmandu on Friday on a two-day official visit to impress upon the Nepalese leadership the need to take the peace process in the country forward.
Menon, who would arrive here on a Special Aircraft, will meet President Ram Baran Yadav, Vice President Parmananda Jha, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala and Home Minister Bhim Bahadur Rawal.
He would also hold bilateral talks with his Nepalese counterpart Gyanchandra Acharya on Saturday.
"During his high-level meetings with Nepalese officials, matters relating to bilateral relations and mutual cooperation will figure," Nepal's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Madan Bhattarai said.
"This is a regular official visit of the Indian Foreign Secretary and all aspects of bilateral relations will figure during talks," the spokesman said.
Though the Foreign Ministry said Menon's visit is part of regular high-level dialogue between the two countries, it is widely speculated that the top Indian diplomat will convey to the Nepalese leadership India's concerns over the delay in constituting the full cabinet and and the need to take the peace process to a logical conclusion.
Prime Minister Nepal, who assumed office on May 25, has not been able to expand his Council of Ministers with his coalition partners insisting on key portfolios.