Kathmandu, 16 July, 2017 : Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has proposed August 17-19 for Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s visit to India. MoFA's India Division has communicated the proposed dates for PM Deuba’s visit to the Embassy of India in Kathmandu for New Delhi’s consideration and approval.
A formal announcement of the visit will be made after the government gets the response from the India, said a top government official, adding that the proposal was made after consultations with the Indian side. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Krishna Bahadur Mahara’s trip to New Delhi earlier this month also focused on laying the ground for PM Deuba’s visit to India.
Earlier officials from both sides were trying to fix PM Deuba’s India visit later this month. But in view of Indian leaders’ busy schedule, as India will be electing a new president, and India’s internal reasons, the visit in July-end did not look feasible, said the sources, adding that the August 17-19 dates for the visit have been proposed keeping also in view the August 15 celebrations and the engagements of Indian leadership in the run-up to India’s Independence Day.
Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj is set to visit Kathmandu on August 10 to participate in BIMSTEC foreign affairs ministers’ meeting slated for August 10-11, and her visit is also expected to set the tone for PM Deuba’s visit to India.
Prime minister’s visit to the southern neighbour is often followed keenly, largely due to Nepal’s proximity to India and the relations the two countries share.