India visit to add a new chapter: says PM Dahal


Kathmandu, Sept 11: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that he has taken his upcoming visit to India as a challenging opportunity.

Informing the parliamentary international relations and labour committee today about his four-day India visit starting September 15, Prime Minister Dahal expressed the confidence that the visit would add a new chapter to the bilateral relations between the two countries. “I am confident that the visit would not only normalize the relations that went through some bitter experience in the recent past, but also build a strong foundation for mutual trust”, he said.

The Prime Minister made it clear before the committee that he would not be signing any new agreements but reviewing and implementing the old agreements. Additional support for post-quake reconstruction, purchase trade agreement related to hydropower, the postal highway will be the matters to be discussed during the visit.

He also expressed the commitment to consider the recommendations of the MPs and work in the interest of the nation.

Sharing that the deliberations in regards to amendment to the new constitution to address the demands of the dissenting groups were near to a positive conclusion, Prime Minister Dahal disclosed that an all-party meeting had also been called for coming Tuesday to discuss his India visit.

Prime Minister Dahal is scheduled to leave for India on September 15 and will return home on September 18.

PM Dahal briefed the Committee members that he was scheduled to meet Nepalis in India, attend a reception at Nepali Embassy in India and hold an interaction with foreign dignitaries on September 15.

There will be official meeting in the second day while PM Dahal will visit a hydropower project in Himanchal state and will hold interaction with intellectuals soon after returning New Delhi from Himanchal.

Similarly, PM Dahal is scheduled to visit the factory of Patanjali Yogpeeth run by Baba Ramdev on September 18 and will return home the same day.

On the occasion, Lawmakers suggested PM Dahal to raise issues like controlling criminal activities in the bordering areas, address problems meted out by Border Security Force of India to Nepalis during their movement around border points, controlling the smuggling of Nepali migrant workers to third countries via India, among others during his India visit. RSS

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