After 17 years, Indian PM to visit Nepal on Sunday

Modi would be the first foreign PM to address the Nepalese parliament and the constituent assembly.

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Shreerupa Mitra-Jha | August 2, 2014



Prime minister Narendra Modi will travel to Nepal on a two-day state visit on August 3.

Modi would be the first foreign PM to address the Nepalese parliament and the constituent assembly. He is also scheduled to offer special prayers at the famous Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu and visit the Nepalese president Ram Baran Yadav the same day.

This will be the first bilateral visit by an Indian PM to Nepal in 17 years; Inder Kumar Gujral had travelled there in June 1997. However, there have been nine prime ministerial visits from the Nepalese side. 

The visit comes a week after the external affairs minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj travelled there to revive the joint ministerial commission between India and Nepal after 23 years.

During the visit, Modi would also meet business leaders and leader of opposition, Prachanda, among others. Issues of trade and commerce, border connectivity, flood control would be discussed. India has a three-tier mechanism to deal with flood problems between India and Nepal.

The Nepalese prime minister Sushil Koirala had earlier visited India for Mr Modi's swearing-in ceremony.

 

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