PM paying state visit to India from Aug 23
By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, Aug. 22:Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba is paying a state visit to India from August 23 to 27 at the invitation of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said in a press statement on Monday that the Prime Minister would be accompanied by his spouse, Dr. Arzu Rana Deuba.
He will be staying at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi as state guest of the Government of India.
The entourage of the Prime Minister will comprise Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and other ministers, Members of Parliament, Secretaries and other high-level officials of the Government of Nepal.
Prime Minister Deuba will attend the Ceremonial Reception and inspect a Guard of Honour at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on August 24. He will then pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.
On the same day, Prime Minister Deuba will separately call on Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu.
Prime Minister Deuba will hold an official meeting with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.
The Prime Minister of India will host a banquet lunch in honour of Prime Minister Deuba and his delegation. Some senior Cabinet members of the Indian Government will call on the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister will also attend a reception hosted by the Ambassador of Nepal and have separate interaction with the Nepali community. He is scheduled to interact with the intellectual circle and business community in New Delhi during the visit.
The Prime Minister will also visit Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar states of India. The Prime Minister is scheduled to return home on August 27.
Meanwhile, RSS adds: Prime Minister Deuba’s upcoming state visit to India should focus on ensuring the implementation of the past agreements and further consolidating bilateral relations and assistance, experts on foreign affairs said.
Besides, foreign experts suggested the Prime Minister for an utilisation of his visit as an opportunity to identify new sectors for mutual assistance and cooperation.
Coordinator of Eminent Persons’
Group (EPG) Dr. Bhesh Bahadur Thapa, terming the upcoming Prime Minister’s visit a goodwill one, said it would be better to focus on the visit on enforcing agreements reached between two close neighbours.
He expressed his hope that the visit would create an atmosphere to build further mutual trust so as to meet aspirations seen among the Nepali people from India, following the Indian Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Nepal.
Serious talks on the ways of permanently addressing the problems of inundations and floods frequent along the Nepal-India border were expected from the visit, he said, adding that the visit would become successful if an atmosphere was build to smoothly enforce the bilateral agreements reached so far between two countries.
Earlier, foreign affairs experts had suggested PM Deuba for seeking solutions of current burning bilateral issues by keeping the peoples’ aspirations and national interests in centre.
Similarly, former ambassador Dr. Jayaraj Acharya opined for doing adequate homework for implementing the previous treaties and agreements reached between two countries. He further stressed on diplomatic and administrative preparations before entering in political agendas in such official visit.
He further suggested sorting out the inundations and floods problems seen in plain Tarai and border areas with the consent of both countries implementing effective measures.
Similarly, the Council of Ministers has also prepared the talks schedule including implementing previous agreements on constructing Laxmanpur barrage and conducting a study on damages caused by the Koshi barrage.
PM’s foreign affairs advisor Dr Dinesh Bhattarai shared that the visit will be centred on strengthening bilateral ties, developing the mutual understanding and implementing the past agreements. He further added the visit would be centred on developmental issues as well.