KATHMANDU: As Nepal is passing through difficult transitional phase and the country is mulling to hold the elections of the constituent assembly on November 19, Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid is scheduled to visit Nepal from July 9 to take stock of the situation in Nepal.
The visit of Khursid is taken with high importance as some fringe parties are opposing the elections announced by the Chief Justice led government. India is believed to have important role in Nepali politics and it is also alleged that all the political parties of Nepal have been acting as per the tune of India.
Khurshid will be here in the Nepali capital on Tuesday and is scheduled to meet President Ram Baran Yadav, Chairman of the Interim Election Government Khil Raj Regmi, among other leaders. The Indian External Affairs Minister is on a visit to the Himalayan nation at the invitation of his Nepali counterpart Madhav Prasad Ghimire.
According to source at the Foreign Ministry, discussion about the bilateral ties between the two neighboring nations, India’s support for the upcoming second Constituent Assembly election in Nepal, among other issues, will come to fore during Khurshid’s visit. Earlier, then External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna had visited Nepal in April 2011.
The Indian Embassy in Kathmandu has also confirmed that External Affairs Minister of India Salman Khurshid is visit Nepal from July 9-10 at the invitation of Nepal’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Madhav Prasad Ghimire.
In a statement the Embassy said that this will be Khurshid’s first visit to Nepal as External Affairs Minister. “The two Ministers will exchange views on the further development of bilateral relations and other issues of mutual interest,” the Indian mission in Kathmandu said on Friday.
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