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Nepal President on India visit

Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari arrived in New Delhi on Monday on a five-day visit to India at the invitation of her Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee. India says its ties with Nepal were people-centric and focused on improving connectivity between the neighbours besides improving energy infrastructure.

Apr 17, 2017
Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari arrived in New Delhi on Monday on a five-day visit to India at the invitation of her Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee. India says its ties with Nepal were people-centric and focused on improving connectivity between the neighbours besides improving energy infrastructure.
 
   This is Bhandari's first foreign tour after assuming office in October 2015.   She is accompanied by a 33-member delegation that includes Foreign Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat and Peace and Reconstruction Minister Sita Devi Yadav, five women MPs and senior officials. 
 
 "Neighbourhood first," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted, announcing the President's arrival.
 
 The visit reflects "the priority India attaches to further strengthening the age-old unique partnership with Nepal and our shared historical and cultural linkages and strong people-to-people connection", an Indian foreign ministry official said.
 
 Though wide-ranging discussions are expected to be held on bilateral issues, no agreement is expected to be signed. 
 
 Bhandari will visit Gujarat and Odisha on Wednesday and Thursday before leaving for Kathmandu on Friday.

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