President's visit 'fruitful': Foreign Affairs Minister of Nepal

Nepals President Bidya Devi Bhandari

Nepal President to begin India visit, infrastructure, energy on agenda

Speaking at a ceremony held at the Nepali embassy in New Delhi, visiting President Vidya Devi Bhandari said that the elections will be held on schedule. Earlier this morning, President Bhandari accorded a ceremonial reception at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan with her delegation. Mahat said Bhandari went to the airport when Mukherjee arrived on a state visit to Nepal as Nepal has the tradition of presenting the guard of honour at the airport itself.

President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi received Ms Bhandari.

Inviting the Indian businesses to invest in her country, Bhandari said a prosperous Nepal will also be "in the interest of our neighbourhood and beyond".

It said that the Indian leadership reiterated its support to the the Nepal government in its efforts to take the Constitution implementation process forward through dialogue and carrying all sections of its society along.

MEA's Joint Secretary (North) Sudhakar Dalela said in New Delhi yesterday that Bhandari's visit will reflect the priority that India attaches to strengthen the "age-old and unique partnership with Nepal, shared cultural and historical linkages, and strong people-to-people relationship". In monarchical Nepal, public holidays were customarily announced whenever the King embarked on an official visit to any nation or returned home after the visit.

Following this, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on the visiting dignitary. She will also visit the famous Jagannath Temple in Puri in the state of Odisha and Dwarka and Somnath temples in Gujarat.

The MEA had added, "During the visit, the President of Nepal will meet with the President of India, vice-president and the Prime Minister".

Meanwhile in Kathmandu, the Nepal government said that no MoU will be signed during the visit, which is just a goodwill visit mainly focusing on consolidating and strengthening the bilateral ties.

Bhandari's previously-scheduled India visit was cancelled by the Oli government, which was preparing to welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping in Kathmandu a year ago.

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