Nepalese authorities arranging Indian President’s visit

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Kathmandu, Aug 13 (IANS) Nepal authorities were arranging Indian President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to the Himalayan nation as the chief guest for the first anniversary of the promulgation of the country’s constitution, the media reported on Saturday.

“If the constitution is amended before the anniversary, a visit date in and around the anniversary of constitution promulgation could be fixed,” The Himalayan Times quoted an official as saying.

The first anniversary will be observed September 19.

On Friday, the government decided to send Deputy Prime Ministers Bimalendra Nidhi and Krishna Bahadur Mahara to India and China, respectively, as special envoys of newly-appointed Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

Nidhi said the purpose of his visit to India was to invite Pranab Mukherjee to visit Nepal and prepare grounds for Dahal’s visit to New Delhi, who received an invitation from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the day he was elected the premier.

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According to The Himalayan Times, Indian Ambassador Ranjit Rae had said high-level visits between Nepal and India occur shortly as bilateral exchanges could not be put on hold for too long.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Rae is in New Delhi, apparently to discuss Nidhi’s visit agenda, authorities said.



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