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Nepal PM arrives in India, Manmohan receives him

Five recently appointed ministers will be travelling with the premier who is slated to meet Manmohan Singh.

india Updated: Jun 06, 2006 19:40 IST

Undertaking his first visit abroad after becoming the Prime Minister of Nepal, GP Koirala arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday on a four-day visit during which India is expected to announce economic assistance for reconstruction of Nepal.

Attaching special significance to the visit, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh set aside protocol and went to Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi to receive Koirala.

Singh and Koirala will hold talks on Wednesday on the entire gamut of bilateral relations in the backdrop of the recent landmark changes in Nepal like restoration of democracy and clipping of powers of King Gyanendra.

The Nepalese Prime Minister will call on President APJ Abdul Kalam and meet Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister Shivraj Patil.

India is likely to announce economic assistance for reconstruction of Nepal which is facing a financial crisis.

Security situation in Maoist violence-hit country will also come up for review amid indications that New Delhi will resume defence supplies to Kathmandu if it seeks these.

Prior to his departure along with a high-level 41-member delegation from Kathmandu, Koirala said he was embarking on a goodwill visit and hoped it would be successful.

"I am very hopeful about the visit," he told reporters at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

First Published: Jun 06, 2006 17:17 IST