Nepal Prime Minister to visit India in August


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Feb 23, 2009
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Kathmandu (PTI): Nepal's new Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal will visit India in August, delaying the proposed trip by a month apparently due to political hurdles in the expansion of his cabinet.

Mr. Kumar was earlier scheduled to visit India in July before the summit of Non-Aligned Movement in Egypt, on his first overseas trip after assuming office but the programme has been delayed by a month, Foreign Ministry sources said.

One of the major agendas of Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon's visit to Nepal was to work out the dates for Madhav Mr. Kumar's visit. Menon formally handed over an invitation from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Mr. Kumar.

The schedule of the visit was apparently changed due to delay in expansion of the 22-party coalition government.

The government replacing a Maoist-led coalition is yet to take its full shape over a month after Mr. Kumar assumed office.

Nepal Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala will visit India before the Prime Minister's visit in early August to prepare for the PM's visit, sources close to Koirala told PTI.

The Foreign Minister will later also accompany the Prime Minister during his visit to New Delhi but will also visit India prior to that to prepare the ground, sources said.

However, the exact dates for the visit are being worked out.

The Hindu News Update Service

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