In an effort to strengthen bilateral relations with the neighbouring country, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday left for Kathmandu for two days during which she will hold talks with the Nepalese leadership.
Ahead of leaving for Nepal, the Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson on Twitter said, “Continuing the tradition of regular high-level visits between two countries, EAM @SushmaSwaraj emplanes for Kathmandu on a 2-day visit to engage with the political leadership of Nepal to strengthen our unique relationship of friendship and cooperation #NeighbourhoodFirst.”
This will be EAM @SushmaSwaraj 7th visit to Nepal since assuming office in May 2014 affirming close bonds of friendship between our two countries, it added.
This visit is being considered significant in the political spectrum.
Ms Swaraj is the first senior minister to visit Nepal after the conclusion of elections to local bodies, provincial assemblies and federal Parliament.
Nepal’s Left alliance is preparing to form a new government which is expected to be headed by CPN-UML chief and former Prime Minister KP Oli.
Ms Swaraj will meet Mr Oli, who through a letter congratulated Prime Minister Narenra Modi on the 69th Republic Day of India.
She will also meet CPN-Maoist Centre Chairman and former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’.