Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Culture | By Ray Hoffman

Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari accorded ceremonial welcome

Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari accorded ceremonial welcome

Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari pays a floral tribute at Rajghat, the memorial for Mahatama Gandhi, in New Delhi on April 18, 2017. Nepal Prime Minister "Prachanda" visited India twice - in September and October - and President Mukherjee visited Kathmandu in November. Besides meeting top Indian leaders, Bhandari, who will be accompanied by a high-level 33-member delegation, will also visit Gujarat and Odisha.

"Shaping our shared historical and cultural linkages".

The visit of Nepalese president will focus on expanding cooperation between the two close strategic neighbours.

"Nepal has undergone political transformation of historic proportion in recent years".

About the power transmission lines, Dalela said: "We have nearly finished work on two more transmission line projects from Raxaul to Parwanipur (Nepal) and Kushaha (Nepal)-Kataiya and we believe with the conclusion of these two projects, we will be able to supply more power to Nepal".

In an apparent reference to China, India on Tuesday cautioned Nepal not to depend upon nations that provide assistance on their own terms and do not encourage capacity building.

He thanked the President of Nepal and the Government and people of Nepal for the overwhelming warmth and gracious hospitality accorded during his visit.

She said that her country faces several challenges and its utilisation of resources has been "way below the mark".

"The Guard of Honour that India gave to Nepal's President at Rashtrapati Bhawan is an important thing. This issue is in focus of both sides". "India is committed to extending all possible support in accordance with the priorities of the people and Government of Nepal", Mukherjee said in his banquet speech last evening. Bhandari, flanked by Mukherjee and Modi, told journalists that her visit would help strengthen Nepal-India ties.

Earlier, the government had announced public holidays on April 17 and April 22 - days when the President was slated to leave for her foreign tour and return home, the Kathmandu Post reported on Monday.

There had been more than 30 official and ministerial level engagements since the state visit of President Mukherjee to Nepal in November past year which clearly illustrate the wide range and depth of cooperative ties with Nepal.

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