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Nepalese prez to start five-day visit from tomorrow

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari will arrive here tomorrow on a five-day visit during which she will meet the senior leadership here besides visiting temples in and

This is her first state visit abroad after assuming the office in October 2015.

She is visiting at the invitation of President

"A high-level delegation comprising minister, MPs and senior officials will be accompanying her.

"Her visit will reflect the priority that attaches to further strengthening the age-old and unique partnership with Nepal, shared cultural and historical linkages and strong people-and-people relationship," Joint Secretary (North) in the external affairs ministry Sudhakar Dalela said today.

She will meet President Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister and other leaders, he said at an MEA briefing.

"The president will host a banquet in her honour on April 18. She will also visit and and pay obeisance at temples of Dwarka, Somnath and Puri," Dalela said.

Bhandari was scheduled to visit in May last year, but it was cancelled after the then cabinet in did not endorse the programme citing lack of preparations on the part of the government.

The bilateral ties had faced turbulence last year due to the Madhesi agitation and subsequent blockade which halted the supply of essential goods to landlocked from

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First Published: Sun, April 16 2017. 14:57 IST