KATHMANDU, Mar 30: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli will follow suit of his predecessors by making his first foreign trip to India from April 6-8.
Delhi and Kathmandu desire to put the past differences behind and start a “new chapter” in its relationship with Oli following PM Narendra Modi and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj’s outreach immediately after the election results. Ever since Swaraj visited Kathmandu Oli’s visit has been in works, hinted persons familiar with the process.
Foreign Minister Pradip Gyawali will visit Delhi ahead of Oli’s trip to prepare for the big visit as Kathmandu appears to balance its ties between Beijing and Delhi.
“PM Oli will pay a State Visit to India from 6 to 8 April 2018 at the cordial invitation of his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi. The entourage of the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister will comprise Ministers, Members of Parliament, Secretaries and other high-ranking officials of the Government of Nepal,” a press statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
The Prime Minister will pay calls on Ram Nath Kovind, President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India while holding talks with Modi on matters of mutual interests.
Oli is expected to invite Modi to visit Kathmandu which could happen for the BIMSTEC Summit. Modi last visited Nepal in 2014 -- first on a bilateral trip and then for the SAARC Summit.