Nepal PM to visit Delhi after UN meeting

Nepal PM to visit Delhi after UN meeting

The 57-year-old architect, who took oath of office last month, on Wednesday received the Indian ambassador to Nepal, Jayant Prasad, to discuss his first official visit to India after becoming Nepal's new premier.

The nearly one-and-a-half hour meeting, the first between the Indian envoy and Bhattarai, was also attended by the latter's wife, senior Maoist leader and former minister Hisila Yami, who confirmed the India visit.

Yami told journalists that Bhattarai will visit New Delhi on the invitation of his Indian counterpart, Manmohan Si­ngh, after attending the 66th UN General Assembly in New York.

Bhattarai, who has promised to wrap up the wilting peace process in 45 days, is scheduled to lead a small delegation to the UN headquarters either on Sep 17 or 19 and return to Kathmandu on Sep 24.

This will be the third time in a row that Nepal's prime ministers in recent times are heading towards diplomatic and regional meetings to prevent bad blood with either India or China.