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Nepal PM to visit India on August 18

Nepalese Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal will visit India this month,his first trip to any neighbouring country after assuming power in May this year.

Written by Agencies | Kathmandu | August 1, 2009 8:08:10 pm

Nepalese Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal will visit India this month,his first trip to any neighbouring country after assuming power in May this year.

“The Prime Minister will start his India visit on August 18,first after assuming power,” PM’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Rajan Bhattarai said.

This will be his goodwill visit to India,he said adding the details of the visit is being worked out.

Unlike former Prime Minister and Maoist chief Prachanda who preferred China over India for his first visit to neighbouring country,Nepal’s tour to New Delhi will be as per the tradition.

Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala will leave for New Delhi on August 11 to prepare the grounds for Nepal’s scheduled visit,according to sources close to Koirala.

Both the visits of the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister are being considered significant here as the country is passing through a difficult transitional period.

Meanwhile,addressing a function here to honour veteran communist leader Tulasi Lal Amatya,Nepal said that the government will give top priority to the tasks of taking the peace process to the logical end and to draft the new constitution within May next year.

The government is serious regarding the supervision,adjustment and rehabilitation of the Maoist combatants confined in cantonments. The government is effortful in completing the management of the Maoist combatants as soon as possible by setting up special committee.

The process of discharging the disqualified Maoist combatants from the UN monitored cantonments has started and this task will be completed in the first phase,Nepal pointed out.

The government is committed to complete the peace process and to write the constitution as per the aspiration of the people,he said.

There is no dispute among parties regarding converting the state into a federal system and the parties are discussing about models of the federal structure to be adopted. There is a need for working together by forging unity,understanding and cooperation,he pointed out.

Nepal asked all to cooperate with the government in maintaining law and order and to move ahead the peace process and warned that the government is committed to take strong action against the law breakers and those who were involved in blocking high ways in different pretexts will be dealt strongly.

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