Nepal prez to pay 5-day visit to India from Apr 17

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Nepal prez to pay 5-day visit to India from Apr 17

New Delhi, Apr 12 (PTI) Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari will embark on a five-day India visit from April 17, her first trip to this country after assuming office in 2015.

Announcing the schedule, the external affairs ministry today said the upcoming visit reflects the priority that both India and Nepal attach to further strengthening of their age-old, unique, wide-ranging partnership, underpinned by shared historical and cultural linkages and strong people-to-people connections.

“The upcoming visit is in keeping with the tradition of regular high-level exchanges between the two countries, and will further deepen the cordial and cooperative ties that exist between India and Nepal,” it said.

Bhandari, who will be here at the invitation of President Pranab Mukherjee, will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders.

She will also be visiting Gujarat and Odisha.

The Nepalese leader was scheduled to visit India in May last year but it was cancelled with the Nepal government citing internal developments as the reason for the cancellation.

In Kathmandu, Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri called on Bhandari and discussed her visit as well as other bilateral issues, according to her office.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.