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Nepal PM Prachanda to visit India on May 31 at Modi’s invitation

This will be the first bilateral visit abroad by the Nepali leader after assuming office in December last year.

Nepali prime minister Prachanda (L) shakes hands with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in New Delhi on September 16, 2016. (Photo by PRAKASH SINGH/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

Nepali prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ will travel to India on Wednesday (31) on a four-day official visit during which he will hold talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and other leaders to further strengthen the age-old, multifaceted bilateral ties, the Himalayan nation’s foreign ministry in Kathmandu said Saturday (27).

This will be the first bilateral visit abroad by the Nepali leader after assuming office in December 2022.

Prachanda, 68, will be accompanied by his daughter Ganga Dahal. He is visiting India at the invitation of his Modi. He will lead a delegation comprising ministers, secretaries and senior government officials.

During the visit, Prachanda is scheduled to pay a courtesy call on Indian president Droupadi Murmu and vice president Jagdeep Dhankhar, the ministry said in a statement.

Prachanda will hold delegation-level talks with Modi on Thursday (1).

The talks will be followed by a joint press meet by the two prime ministers, it said, adding that Modi will host a luncheon in honour of his counterpart from Nepal and his delegation.

“This is the fourth visit of Prime Minister ‘Prachanda’ to India as the Prime Minister of Nepal. The visit will further strengthen the age-old, multifaceted, and cordial relations between Nepal and India,” it said.

“The Prime Minister will address Nepal-India Business Summit in New Delhi jointly organised by the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and interact with business leaders of both countries,” it said.

Prachanda will also interact with the Nepali community in India over a welcome reception being hosted by Ambassador of Nepal to India Shankar Prasad Sharma, the statement said.

The prime minister will also visit Ujjain and Indore in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh before returning to Kathmandu on Saturday (3), it added.

(With PTI inputs)

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