PM briefs on India trip

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal today briefed the leaders of political parties representing the Constituent Assembly on his just concluded India visit. PM Nepal told the leaders that he was successful in strengthening relations with the southern neighbour.

All the parties, except for the main opposition UCPN-Maoist, were present during the meeting held at the PMO in Singha Durbar.

"PM told us that he was satisfied with his goodwill visit," Surya Bahadur Thapa, former prime minister and president of the Rastriya Jana shakti Party (RJP), said. He said that they had to believe in what the PM told them.

Nepali Congress leader and former Finance Minister Dr Ram Sharan Mahat said that the visit was crucial in re-strengthening ties with India.

He added that the signing of the initial trade treaty, which would last for seven years to come, was one of the biggest achievements of the PM's goodwill visit to India. "He had consulted all the parties, including the UCPN-Maoist, before his departure to India," he added.

Jitendra Sonar, joint-general secretary of the Tarai-Madhes Democratic Party, termed the visit an important "milestone" for the country's socio-economic development in general, and the Tarai-Madhes in particular.

Sonar also urged the government for follow up visits at different levels in order to ensure that the agreements reached are implemented.