Sushma Swaraj arrives in Nepal

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on 01 February 2018 arrived here on a two-day goodwill visit during which she would hold talks with Nepal’s top leadership. The high-level visit from India is being considered significant in the political spectrum here.

Nepal successfully concluded three phase of provincial, local and parliamentary elections as part of its efforts to implement the new Constitution that was promulgated in September 2015. Nepal’s Left alliance is preparing to form a new government which is expected to be headed by CPN-UML chief and former prime minister K P Oli.

Ms. Swaraj will be the first senior Indian minister to visit Nepal after the conclusion of elections to local bodies, provincial assemblies and federal Parliament. This will be a high level goodwill visit. She will also meet CPN-Maoist Centre Chairman and former prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’.

The clear victory to the Left alliance CPN-UML led by Oli and the CPN-Maoist led by Prachanda was not seen as a positive development for India given that Oli had publicly criticised New Delhi for interfering in Nepal’s internal matters and accused it of toppling his government last year.

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