KATHMANDU, Feb 31: Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has arrived on a two-day official visit to Nepal as a special emissary of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday.
Leading a three-member delegation comprising Bijaya Keshar Gokhle, External Affairs Secretary and Raveesh Kumar, Spokesperson of the Ministry, External Affairs Minister Swaraj touched down at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) at 4 pm even though she was originally scheduled to make it at 3:30 pm. This is her seventh visit to Nepal.
State Minister for Finance Udaya Shumsher Rana reached the TIA to welcome Swaraj.
Embassy of India in Kathmandu stated that Swaraj will stay at Soaltee Crowne Plaza tonight.
According to a press release issued by Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during her stay in Kathmandu, Swaraj will separately call on President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and hold talks with leaders of political parties on matters of mutual interest of the two countries.
CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli will host a dinner at Hotel Soaltee in honor of the visiting Indian minister. Swaraj will also meet Madhesi leaders after dinner.
On Friday, Swaraj is scheduled to have a breakfast meeting with CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, after which she will call on President Bidya Devi Bhandari.
Wrapping up her two-day visit, Swaraj will leave for New Delhi at 4:00 pm on Friday after holding a meeting with PM Sher Bahadur Deuba.