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Wen jiabao to visit Nepal next month

world Updated: Nov 17, 2011 00:56 IST
Utpal Parashar
Utpal Parashar
Hindustan Times
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After a flurry of high-level visits, Chinese premier Wen Jiabao will visit Nepal next month. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is also likely to visit the country in March next year.

According to officials in Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai's office, Jiabao will arrive in Kathmandu on December 20 on a three-day trip. It will be followed by Bhattarai's visit to Beijing.

Deputy Prime Minister and foreign minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha is scheduled to visit China between November 24-29 to extend a formal invitation to Jiabao for his trip.

"The schedule of the Chinese premier's visit is yet to be finalised. The foreign ministry is preparing a detailed plan for Jiabao's trip in consultation with Chinese officials," said the senior bureaucrat.

Both countries are likely to sign deals regarding development of hydro-power projects, road construction as well as financial assistance on security and border management.

It is expected that China's concerns regarding entry of Tibetans to Nepal will also figure during the deliberations. In recent years China has been pressuring Nepal to put a lid on anti-China activities by Tibetan refugees.

Inder Kumar Gujral was last Indian PM to have undertaken an official visit to Nepal in June 1997.

During Bhattarai's recent India trip he extended an invitation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and recently reiterated it during a meeting in Maldives on sidelines of the SAARC summit.

Singh has reacted affirmatively to the invitation. Although no date has been fixed, it is expected that he could be here in March next year.