Nepal PM KP Oli starts his 6-day India visit today
Nepalese Prime Minister KP Oli would arrive in New Delhi on Friday for holding talks with PM Narendra Modi on various issues, including the newly adopted Nepal constitution.india Updated: Feb 19, 2016 09:40 IST
Nepalese Prime Minister KP Oli would arrive in New Delhi on Friday for holding talks with PM Narendra Modi on various issues, including the newly adopted Nepal constitution.
This is Oli’s maiden foreign trip after assuming charge and first bilateral visit by a Nepalese Prime Minister to New Delhi since Baburam Bhattarai’s in October 2011. Oli’s predecessor Sushil Koirala had attended Modi’s swearing-in ceremony in May 2014.
External affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said a range of issues, including matters relating to citizenship to Indian-origin people, will figure in the talks between the two sides.
It is expected that India will ask Nepal to complete the “unfinished task” of making the new Nepalese Constitution more inclusive to address the concerns of the Indian-origin Madhesi community.
Oli will be accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa, finance minister Bishnu Prasad Paudel and home minister Shakti Bahadur Basnet among others. The chief executive of the National Reconstruction Authority of Nepal and 13 MPs from various political parties will also accompany Oli.
The Nepalese Prime Minister will stay at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Oli will hold extensive talks with Modi on Saturday on entire gamut of bilateral ties following which both sides are expected to sign a number of agreements.
Two MoUs - one on the $1 billion line of credit that India has already committed to Nepal during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit and another on $1 billion that India had pledged during external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj’s trip to Kathmandu for the country’s post-earthquake reconstruction -- are likely to be signed during Oli’s visit. Asked about essential supplies from India to Nepal, hit by a prolonged blockade by the Madhesi community, Swarup said it has almost been normalised. He said on Thursday 1608 trucks had gone to Nepal from India.
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, home minister Rajnath Singh and finance minister Arun Jaitley will be among those who will call on the Nepalese Prime Minister.
Oli will also call on President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice-President Hamid Ansari.
He will visit Dehradun on Sunday to inspect the Tehri hydel power project and will return to the Capital in the evening. On Monday, he will address the Indian Council for World Affairs and attend a business meeting.
He will leave for Bhuj in Gujarat on Tuesday to have a first hand experience of the earthquake reconstruction work there. Nepal was struck by a devastating quake in April last year and is currently in the process of carring out reconstruction work.
The same day he will leave for Mumbai from Gujarat and will meet Maharashtra governor. He will leave for Nepal from Mumbai on February 24.
First Published: Feb 19, 2016 09:25 IST