Kathmandu. Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has said that he will soon visit India as his first foreign trip after taking over as the country’s prime minister for the third time. Prachanda, a 68-year-old leader of the Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) (Maoist Centre), was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Nepal on December 26 last year. Earlier, he had joined hands with Leader of the Opposition KP Sharma Oli, dramatically leaving the Nepali Congress-led pre-poll alliance.
In his first interaction with select journalists after winning the trust vote on Tuesday, Prachanda said on Saturday, “I will visit India soon.” He said that preparations are going on at the diplomatic level for this. The concerned embassies are making preparations for my visit, Prachanda told reporters at the official Prime Minister’s residence Baluwatar. However, the Government of Nepal is yet to make any official announcement regarding the Prime Minister’s visit to India. The itinerary has not been finalized yet.
We are working towards finalizing the agenda of the visit along with the date and detailed schedule in collaboration with our counterparts, said an official of the Ministry of External Affairs. “It is a normal practice for a Prime Minister to visit a neighboring country after assuming office and we are always prepared for it internally,” the official said. Prachanda had also made official visits to India during his previous terms as Prime Minister of Nepal. Prachanda had visited India in July last year at the invitation of Bharatiya Janata Party president JP Nadda.
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