KATHMANDU, August 17 (Nepal Foreign Affairs)–Deputy Prime Minister Bimalendra Nidhi will be holding meetings with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to southern neighbor beginning from Thursday, diplomatic sources told the NFA.
The deputy prime minister, who will be visiting India as special envoy of Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, is scheduled to hold meeting with President Mukherjee on Friday.
He will hand over an invitation letter sent by President Bidya Devi Bhandari to her Indian counterpart Mukherjee to visit Nepal at the earliest.
Recent media reports suggested that the Nepalese government is keen to welcome the Indian President as the special guest of a ceremony to be organized in Kathmandu on September 20 to mark the first anniversary of Constitution promulgation.
Similarly, he will meet Premier Modi, his counterpart Rajnath Singh and Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Saturday.
The home minister will discuss with the Indian side regarding Prime Minister Dahal’s India visit and its agendas in the Indian Capital. If things go as planned, Dahal’s maiden visit to India is likely to take place in the September second week, according to diplomatic sources.
“Nidhi’s visit will prepare a ground for Prime Minister Dahal’s visit,” Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae told a group of journalists in Kathmandu recently.
The Indian Ambassador called on Home Minister Nidhi at the Home Ministry on Tuesday to discuss about Nidhi’s visit to India, according to Ministry Spokesman Yadav Koirala.
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