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GP Koirala to visit India in May: Yechury

Yechury told a TV channel that India is expected to announce an economic package for Nepal during Koirala's visit.

india Updated: May 01, 2006 22:49 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Signifying the importance his government attaches to its relations with New Delhi, Nepal's new Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala is expected to visit India between May 11 and 23, senior CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury has said on his return from the Himalayan Kingdom.

Yechury, who was invited by Prime Minister Koirala to visit Nepal, told a television channel on Sunday night that "India is expected to announce an economic package for Nepal during Koirala's visit."

"During our talks with Koirala, the issue of economic condition of Nepal figured prominently. Restoration of peace, talks with Maoists and strong democracy -- all are important for Nepal. But improvement in the economy is a priority, and we are urging the Indian government to pay attention to this.

"That is why when Koirala visits India, this issue would be foremost in discussions," the CPI-M leader said, who played an important role in bringing the seven-party alliance and the Maoists to a common understanding on democracy in Nepal.

Asked whether Koirala's visit was definite, Yechury said, "after the assembly elections in five states are over on May 11, and the beginning of Parliament session on May 23, we expect the Nepalese Prime Minister to visit India.

"We are hopeful that Indian government, which is fully aware of the prevailing circumstances in its neighbouring country, would take a final decision and announce the economic package to improve the condition of Nepal during his visit."

First Published: May 01, 2006 22:49 IST