Oli’s six-day India visit to start on Sunday

New Delhi, November 2:

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs KP Sharma Oli is arriving here on a six-day goodwill visit on Sunday.

Other members of the six-member delegation he would be leading include acting foreign secretary Bhagirath Basnet, head of the South Asia Division, joint secretary Madhuban Prasad Poudel, under secretary of the same division, Ganesh Dhakal, private secretary and one more assistant, a source in the Nepal Embassy here said. According to the embassy, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Oli will also visit West Bengal and Kerala and meet the chief ministers there.

He will tour different development projects and educational institutions there.

During his stay in New Delhi, he is scheduled to meet India’s Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil, the source said.

On Sunday evening, he will be interacting with Nepalis living in Delhi, students and Nepali journalists and join them for dinner. The visit is a goodwill one and the delegation will discuss with Indian leaders bilateral issues and issues of mutual benefit, the source said.

Oli will also discuss the ongoing peace process in Nepal, bilateral affairs, trade, industry, water resources, security, and promotion of Indian investment, the source added.

An agreement on the implementation of projects based on the economic packages agreed upon during Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala’s visit to India in May is likely to materialise, the source added.