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Nepal Prime Min to visit India; meet top leadership

Nepal Prime Min to visit India; meet top leadership

Nepal's Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli, accompanied by his spouse Mrs. Radhika Shakya, will visit India from April 6 to 8.

"Prime Minister Oli will be addressing the nation on the very first day of New Year from Rara Lake", The secretariat of the Prime Minister stated in a release late on Wednesday.

He will also call on President Ram Nath Kovind and vice president M Venkaiah Naidu. Some senior Cabinet members of the Indian government will call on PM Oli. "The upcoming visit will provide an opportunity to the two sides to review wide-ranging cooperative partnership, and to progress it further for the benefit of the two peoples", said the ministry.

China welcomes Nepal's independent foreign policy and supports its efforts to develop friendly cooperation relationships with surrounding countries, a foreign ministry spokesperson said Thursday.

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Prior to the government's formation in Nepal, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had visited Kathmandu to congratulate Oli on his election victory. At the meeting, Oli said independent foreign policy and balanced conduct of relations would be the hallmarks of Nepal's external engagements.

Asked if any agreements were expected to be signed during the visit, sources said the two countries were in touch in this regard.

With China already undertaking massive economic assistance to Nepal, India, in its budget for 2018-19 unveiled about two months ago, had steeply hiked aid to Nepal to '650 crore for 2018-19, up from just Rs 375 crore in the revised estimates for 2017-18.

Nepal has approved China's Belt and Road project opposed by India due to the route of its artery which goes through disputed Kashmir. We hope these three could work together, have some sound interactions and achieve commondevelopment, Lu added.


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