Nepal’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari will make her first abroad visit to India after being sitting in the office since 2015. She will visit India with a plan of 5 day tour. She is invited to India with the invitation by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee.
Sudhakar Dalela, Joint Secretary (North) in the external affairs ministry said “A high-level delegation comprising minister, MPs and senior officials will be accompanying her. Her visit will reflect the priority that India attaches to further strengthening the age-old and unique partnership with Nepal, shared cultural and historical linkages and strong people-and-people relationship.”
All the major delegates include Pranab Mukherjee, Hamid Ansari, Narendra Modi, Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and many others in the list. Despite of meeting these top leaders, Bhandari will be attended by 33 other high-level delegates.
Dalela reflects on Bidya Devi Bhandari’s visit, “The president will host a banquet in her honour on 18 April. She will also visit Gujarat and Odisha and pay obeisance at temples of Dwarka, Somnath and Puri.
The visit has been planned to strengthen the ties between both the countries, which were cold because of Nepal’s new constitution. Also, they will talk on the various topics like Infrastructure and energy.
Indian cabinet has approved an investment of iNR 5,723 crore in Arun 3 power project in Nepal. This project will provide 21.9 percent of free power to Nepal for the time span of 25 years and the surplus will be beheaded by India. Nepal’s proposal of 16 road projects and bridges of approximately $300 million has been accepted.
In the year 2015, the visit was barred by Nepal’s Prime Minister K.P Sharma Oli called off the visit stating that India was subservient in mending its relation in Nepal to tumble his government. Whereas the relations between Indi and Nepal have improved since the swearing in of the Pushp Kamal Dahal’s government.