Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has arrived in India for a five-day state visit. He is visiting on the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He was received by Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj.
Deuba is leading a 59-member delegation to India, his first official trip abroad after taking over as Prime Minister in June 2017.
Deuba is scheduled to address the Indian business community in New Delhi later today.
He will hold talks with PM Modi on Thursday. The same day he will be honoured with a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Apart from the Prime Minister, the Nepalese delegation comprises four ministers, 12 lawmakers from various political parties and nine secretaries. A separate business delegation is also accompanying the PM.
Deuba’s wife Dr Arzu Rana Deuba, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Krishna Bahadur Mahara, Finance Minister Gyanendra Bahadur Karki, Tourism Minister Jitendra Dev and Commerce Minister Meen Bishwakarma are also part of the delegation.
National Planning Commission vice- chairman Swarnim Wagle and National Reconstruction Authority CEO Govinda Raj Pokharel, secretaries of various ministries and 21 lawmakers are also visiting.
Deuba is scheduled to visit Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh and Bodh Gaya in Bihar before returning to Nepal on Sunday.
Before he left for India, the main opposition leader in Nepal, KP Sharma Oli urged Deuba to discuss the issues of Nepal’s national interest during his India visit, which includes the problem of floods in border areas, energy development and the 1950 bilateral treaty.
(With inpus from PTI)