Indian delegation pays tribute to Koirala; to return today after meeting Oli, Thapa

KATHMANDU: The Indian delegation led by Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj would return home today after holding meetings with Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa.

Swaraj is leading an all-party delegation to Kathmandu to pay last respects to Nepali Congress President and former Prime Minister Sushil Koirala who died in the wee hours today.

Joint-Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Deepak Adhikari, told THT Online over phone that the team would return to New Delhi today itself.

Dhital said while a meeting with Thapa has been fixed for 6 pm at the Ministry, the team would meet the Prime Minister at 6:30.

Earlier, it was reported that the delegation comprising Rajya Sabha member and Janata Dal United leader  Sharad Yadav; deputy leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and former Union Cabinet minister Anand Sharma, and Communist Party of India (Marxist)’s General Secretary Sitaram Yechury would take part in the funeral scheduled for tomorrow.

Swaraj pays tribute to Koirala

Meanwhile, the delegation directly headed to the Dasharath Stadium after landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport and paid homage to the deceased leader.

All members of the team offered floral tribute to Koirala.

According to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, the delegation wrote on the condolence book that Koirala was "a man of high thinking and simple living."