New pact not on cards during Dahal's visit

New pact not on cards during Dahal's visit

New pact not on cards during Dahal's visit

Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s forthcoming visit to India will not see signing of any new agreement.

Although, the two countries will seek to expedite several development projects New Delhi has committed to fund in the neighbouring country.   

Dahal, who is better known as “Prachanda”, is likely to visit India from Thursday to Sunday. This will be the first foreign visit of Dahal after taking over as prime minister of Nepal for the second term on August 4.

Prachanda, who leads the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist-Centre), will be accompanied by his wife Sita Dahal and a high-level official delegation, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in a press release stated.

He will hold a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday. “The visit of prime minister of Nepal will provide an opportunity for both sides to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern, as well as seek ways to strengthen the age old, close and friendly ties between the two countries in diverse sectors,” said the MEA.

India was upset when Prachanda, who led a Maoist insurgency in Nepal from 1996 to 2006, chose to visit China first after becoming the prime minister of Nepal in 2008. Almost all of his predecessors in the past half-a-century had come to India first on official visits as premiers.

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