Indian PM likely to visit Nepal in August

Indian PM likely to visit Nepal in August

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has an official visit scheduled to Nepal.

The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi is likely to make an official visit to Nepal in the month of August. The two countries’ political leaders will discuss a wide range of bilateral issues in the capital city of Kathmandu. This visit to Nepal will mark Modi’s third international visit after Bhutan and Japan ever since he took up Prime Ministerial role.

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However, officials at the Indian embassy in Kathmandu said that no official confirmation has been given about the visit so far. On the other hand, senior officials at the Nepal Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that they were not aware of any such plans regarding PM Modi’s visit, but hinted that the Indian external affairs minister – Sushma Swaraj – will be visiting first.

The two countries are planning to hold the second meeting of the joint commission at the foreign Minister’s level which is an apex government to government body that reviews bilateral relations.The commission will be headed by the foreign ministers of the two countries respectively.

The first meeting of the commission was held a decade ago in New Delhi. High level officials say that the 18th SAARC Summit will be held in Kathmandu in November and it is likely to be pushed further for logistical and other reasons.

When PM Koirala had visited India for the swearing-in ceremony of Modi, the Indian external ministry had then promised Modi’s visit to Nepal only during the SAARC summit. However, the new Prime Minister’s plans seemed to have been fast-tracked considering his swift action-oriented approach to work.

Photo Credits: Indian express