President Bhandari to visit India next week

KATHMANDU, April 12 (Nepal Foreign Affairs)–President Bidya Devi Bhandari will be paying a State Visit to India from 17 to 21 April 2017.

The president is will be visiting India at a time when the government is making rigorous efforts to hold the local body elections on May 14.

She will be visiting India at the invitation of counterpart Mukherjee. This will be her first abroad trip after she assumed office in October 2015.

She will be staying at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi as the State Guest, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

On 18 April, she will attend the Ceremonial Reception and inspect a Guard of Honour at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

She will also pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat and visitYamuna Biodiversity Park. On the same day, the President will hold talks with Mukherjee and attend a Banquet hosted by him. Indian Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and some senior Cabinet members of the Government of India will call on the President.

Bhadari will attend a reception and a dinner to be hosted by Ambassador of Nepal to India Deep Kumar Upadhyaya in New Delhi on 17.

During the visit, the President will also visit Gujarat and Odisha.

Bhandari will be returning home on April 21.

Initially, her visit to India was scheduled for May last year; however, the government had decided to scrap the visit following India’s unwarranted interference in toppling the then government led by K.P Oli.

The government had also recalled the Nepalese ambassador to India after it came to a conclusion that the southern neighbour hatched conspiracy to topple down the government.



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