PM arrives in Kathmandu for twoday visit

Sunday, Aug 3, 2014,15:20 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today arrived in Kathmandu on a twoday visit to Nepal. This is the first bilateral trip by an Indian Prime Minister to Nepal in 17 years. During his visit, Mr Modi will hold talks with his counterpart Sushil Koirala and meet other political leaders. The meeting is a part of the various measures aimed at strengthening ties with the South Asian region. Delegate level talks are also expected among the two nations. Along with this, negotiations in hydroelectric power and other areas would also be discussed. Security in Kathmandu has been beefed up in view of Mr Modi’s visit. Mr Koirala would host a banquet in the honour of the Prime Minister. Later, Mr Modi would meet Nepal Constituent Assembly Chairperson Subhash Nembang. On the second day, Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav will host a luncheon for Mr Modi. Mr Modi is also scheduled to offer special prayer at the Pashupatinath temple tomorrow. There is a possibility of high level talks between the two nations on the issue of reviewing the 1950 IndoNepal treaty. It was mere reiterated during External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to the country last week. India believes that if Nepal wants any changes in the treaty as per the present situation,it could possibly be discussed.