Visiting Indian Minister Swaraj meets UML Chair Oli in KTM

Visiting Indian Minister Swaraj meets UML Chair Oli in KTM

Visiting Indian Minister Swaraj meets UML Chair Oli in KTM

Putting their frosty ties behind, Nepal's Prime Minister in waiting K.P. Sharma Oli and Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday agreed to "forget the past bitterness" and to move ahead with a fresh start to take bilateral ties to a new height. The two leaders then held delegation-level talks at which senior CPN-UML leaders and top Indian officials, including the envoy to Nepal, Manjeev Singh Puri, were present.

Diplomatic sources close to Swaraj said that is coming with a "special political message" from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the leaders of the leftist alliance, particularly Oli, who is playing a major role in choosing diplomats to fill key posts in the new provincial and federal governments.

This will also be India's first diplomatic engagement with Nepal since the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) and CPN (Maoist Centre) catapulted to power. Talking to media persons at Kathmandu airport Swaraj said that Indo Nepal relation is such of a natural that there is no need to have an excuse to visit each other.

Oli hosted a dinner in honour of Swaraj and the Indian delegation.

India's attempts to improve ties with Mr Oli are seen to counter his close ties with China.

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After dinner, Sushma Swaraj held talks with Madhes-based leaders and discussed a wide range of issues, including that of the constitutional amendment in favour of the Madhesi population.

The meeting between the CPN-UML leaders and Sushma Swaraj comes at a time when Oli, whose ties with the Indian leadership have been cold, will be leading a new government in Nepal.

Oli, in a letter, had congratulated Prime Minister on the 69th of India. Her visit will also accost the achievements of Nepalese leaders over the past decade, including the recently held three-tier elections.

Swaraj arrived in Kathmandu today and is scheduled to return tomorrow at 4:30 pm after meeting President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba separately.

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