PM concludes state visit to India, returns home

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Sunday returned home after concluding his four-day state visit to India.

The Prime Minister was welcomed home by Speaker Onsari Gharti, Deputy Prime Ministers duo Bimalendra Nidhi and Krishna Bahadur Mahara, ministers, heads of constitutional and security bodies and high officials.

Upon his arrival, PM Dahal said his visit helped the nations  strengthen bilateral ties.

"The visit was more focused on creating an environment of trust with a good intention and effectively implementing the projects for Nepal's benefits at the earliest as agreed earlier," Dahal told media, "rather than raising many issues."

Meanwhile, Dahal said closeness with India would not hamper relationship with another neighbour, China, as Nepal's relationships with the two neighbours had distinct dimensions.

On the occasion, a contingent of the Nepal Army had presented a guard of honour in the PM's respect.

Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar welcomes Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal as the latter arrives at the Tribhuvan International Airport, after concluding his state visit to India, on Sunday, September 18, 2016. Photo: RSS
Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar welcomes Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal as the latter arrives at the Tribhuvan International Airport, after concluding his state visit to India, on Sunday, September 18, 2016. Photo: RSS

He had left for New Delhi on Thursday.

During his Delhi sojourn, Dahal had held meetings with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, PM Narendra Modi and other Cabinet members and political leaders.

Besides formal engagements in the Capital, the Nepali delegation had visited the Nathpa Jhakri Hydropower Project in Himachal Pradesh on Saturday.

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(With inputs from the Rastriya Samachar Samiti)