PM to visit US after returning from India

Kathmandu, August 27

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal is set to embark on a visit to the United States after visiting India next month.

The prime minister will fly to New York to attend the 71st session of UN General Assembly on September 19, a day after his return from India, officials said.

PM Dahal is set to visit India from September 15 to 18 at the invitation of his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. He would return home from India just to attend a ceremony marking the first anniversary of the promulgation of new constitution on September 19.

PM Dahal’s visit to USA is likely to last 8 to 9 days, but officials said it was yet to be finalised.

Foreign Secretary Shankar Das Bairagi told The Himalayan Times that issues such as international migration and refugees, sustainable development agenda, Nepal’s post-constitution political development as well as post-quake reconstruction will figure during PM Dahal’s address to the UN General Assembly.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Dahal today consulted Foreign Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat and Foreign Secretary Bairagi about issues to be taken up during his forthcoming India visit, according to the prime minister’s Press Adviser Govinda Acharya. Bairagi said the meeting was part of internal preparations for PM’s India visit. “Preparation for the visit is under way.  However, agendas to be discussed during his visit have yet to be finalised,” he added.