Published: Fri, April 06, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Nepal's pro-China PM Oli to make 3-day visit to India

Nepal's pro-China PM Oli to make 3-day visit to India

In a statement on Thursday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Oli will be accompanied by his wife, Radhika Shakya and a delegation of over three dozen members including Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies Matrika Prasad Yadav, Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Raghubir Mahaseth and Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister Bishnu Rimal.

He will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday evening ahead of the delegation-level talks on Saturday.

However, no official announcement has so far been made regarding Oli's proposed visit to India, the Kathmandu Post reported.

Nepali Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli will press India to exchange millions of dollars held in Nepal in banned high-value Indian bank notes during a visit this week to improve ties with its large southern neighbour. He will also engage with the business community as well as the Nepalese diaspora in India.

The visiting leader will be accorded a ceremonial reception on Saturday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, where he will call on President Ram Nath Kovind.

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Oli's visit aims to expedite past agreements with India and he will also address security concerns of India including cross boarder crime, terrorists threat and human trafficking.

Swaraj was the first senior Indian minister to visit Nepal after the conclusion of elections to local bodies, provincial assemblies and federal Parliament.

On the third day of his visit, the Nepalese premier will visit the GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in Pantnagar, Uttarakhand.

PM Oli has said his India visit is a part of the government's endeavour to make neighbouring countries partners in Nepal's development drive.

Other issues to be discussed with India included agricultural modernisation of Nepal, increasing production and trade, connectivity, implementation of the Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project, construction of integrated checkposts and a postal highway among others.

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