India rolling out red carpet for Nepal President

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Nepalese president Bidya Devi Bhandari arrives Monday for a five-day visit to India, seen as a key marker of warmer ties between the two countries after months of tensions between the two neighbours over Nepal's new constitution.

MoHA statement made it clear that no holiday would be observed on the day of the arrival of President Bhandari from New Delhi after completing her five-day state visit to India.

It will be Bhandari's first state visit overseas after assuming the charge of the high office in October 2015. During her State Visit, President Bhandari is scheduled to meet Indian counterpart Pranab Mukharjee and Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari as well as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other politicians. India and Nepal have had several rough years lately, particularly over the Madhesis.

Bilateral ties between India and Nepal had been rocked a year ago due to the Madhesi agitation and blockade of Indian goods into the landlocked nation. Protestors from Nepal blocking key supply routes to the country from India was seen as a "blockade" imposed by New Delhi though India denied any such charges.

Bhandari was supposed to visit India in 2016 but the trip had to be put on hold in the context of political instability between the K P Oli government and Prachanda. "The visit will give us an excellent opportunity to review all aspects of our wide-ranging partnership with Nepal".

Tomorrow, she will attend a business event organised by industry chambers CII, FICCI and ASSOCHAM.

She is also scheduled to visit temples in Gujarat and Odisha. She will also visit Gujrat and Orrisa and interact with the Nepali community there. Nepal Prime Minister "Prachanda" visited India twice - in September and October - and President Mukherjee visited Kathmandu in November. "At the same time, we have maintained our focus on implementation of ongoing connectivity and development projects, such as Terai roads, cross-border rail linkages, development of Integrated Check Posts (ICPs), cross-border oil pipelines and transmission lines".



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