KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who embarked on a six-day state visit to India, landed in New Delhi on Friday late afternoon.
Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj received the Nepali Prime Minister at the Indira Gandhi Airport in the Indian capital. He has been taken to the Rashtrapati Bhavan as the state guest.
The Nepali Prime Minister leads a high-profile delegation, which includes Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa, Finance Minister Bishnu Prasad Paudel, Home Minister Shakti Bahadur Basnet, Chief Secretary Somlal Subedi and other top officials. The first lady Radhika Shakya is also accompanying the Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Oli and the delegation boarded a regular Nepal Airlines flight to New Delhi this afternoon.
Oli's visit in the wake of five-month long strained relation, which included blockade at the Nepal-India border, has been considered as a signal of improving relations.
On the eve of the Nepali Prime Minister's visit to India, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, had sent Dr Subramanian Swamy, a senior leader of his Bharatiya Janata Party, as his special emissary to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, Dr Swamy called on Prime Minister Oli and UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal yesterday.
I am in Kathmandu for the day today.
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) February 18, 2016