Prez arrives from India visit

KATHMANDU: President Dr Ram Baran Yadav today said that his four-day state visit to the neighbouring country India was successful.

Speaking briefly with the media persons at the Tribhuvan International Airport, President Yadav said his visit was purely a goodwill visit.

“The visit has enhanced and extended the relationship between the two countries," President Yadav said. Asked if he talked about political matters with the Indian leaders, President Yadav declined to comment. During his stay in India, President Yadav had met Indian president Pratibha Devi Singh Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan singh, ministers and top political leaders.

Meanwhile, Sharat Singh Bhandari, attending minister at President Yadav's India visit informed that Indian leaders want the logical end of peace process for the peace and prosperity of Nepal. Minister Bhandari said, "All Indian leaders have the one voice that constitution should be drafted on the stipulated time and for that all political parties should move together with common understanding."

He said that Nepali delegation renewed invitation to Indian Prime Minister Singh to visit Nepal. Indian Prime Minister assured that he would visit Nepal at a convenient time, Bhandari added.

Minister Bhandari further added that India has announced soft loan to Nepal during the visit. The Indian PM had also announced the extension of new concessional line credit for 250 million US dollar to Nepal to facilitate economic and infrastructure development in Nepal.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during the meeting with President Yadav, Indian President Patil expressed that Nepal's peace, progress and prosperity is not only beneficial for its people but also for India and the region as a whole. Similarly, Indian Prime minister conveyed that India attached its highest priority to further strengthen relations between the two neighbours and expressed full support for the ongoing peace process and efforts to bring about economic transformation in Nepal. Both sides expressed satisfaction at the progress of implementation of decisions taken during the Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal's visit to India in August 2009.

During the visit, four MoUs and agreements were signed that included Air services agreement, development of railway infrastructure at five points along the border and Nepal-Bharat Maitri polytehnic in Hetauda.