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Nepal PM leaving for India today

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 18, 2009

PM Madhav Kumar Nepal

PM Madhav Kumar Nepal

Kathmandu, Aug 18 (ANI): Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal will be leaving on a five-day official visit to India leading a 64-member team on Tuesday afternoon.

Nepal will be accompanied by his spouse Gayatri Nepal, six cabinet ministers including the Foreign, Finance and Energy Ministers, high level government officers, businessmen and journalists.

During his visit, he will hold high-level consultations with Indian President Pratibha Patil, Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, External Affairs Minister S.M Krishna. Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

No important treaties and agreements will be signed during the visit due to a lack of consensus back home. However, a few agreements related to trade may be signed.

Although the Pancheshwar multi-purpose project will be discussed, no specific agreement will be signed on this. The main opposition CPN (Maoist) has warned the government not to sign any agreement on Pancheshwar without their consensus.

Earlier, Nepal had said his visit would focus on deepening existing relations between both countries.

He said he would not sign any agreements with India without taking other political parties in Nepal into confidence.

Nepal will also visit Mumbai and observe the development and financial activities there. He will also take stock of the garbage disposal system of the city.

This will be his first visit to New Delhi after assuming the office of Prime Minister. (ANI)

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