By A Staff Reporter Kathmandu, April.1: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba is leaving for India Friday afternoon leading a Nepali delegation. Prime Minister Deuba is paying an official visit to India at the invitation of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. The Prime Minister will be accompanied by his spouse Dr. Arzu Rana Deuba.
The entourage of the Prime Minister will comprise Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Narayan Khadka, Minister for Energy Pampha Bhusal, Minister for Agriculture Mahiwwndra Ray Yadav and Minister for Health and Population Birodh Khatiwada. Dr. Khadka arrived in Kathmandu from Sri Lanka on Thursday itself after attending the fifth BIMSTEC summit held in Colombo.
Likewise, nine secretaries and high level government officials including Managing Directors of Nepal Electricity Authority and Nepal Oil Corporation and Chief Executive Officer of Investment Board are also included in the delegation, according to Sewa Lamsal, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The government delegation team will have about 30 members and 20 members will be from the private sector.
During the visit, Prime Minister Deuba is scheduled to pay a courtesy call on M. Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India. The Prime Minister is scheduled to hold delegation-level talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House on Saturday. PM Deuba is also scheduled to address a gathering of businessmen in New Delhi.
The Prime Minister of India will host a luncheon in honour of the Prime Minister of Nepal and the delegation. Similarly, External Affairs Minister as well as National Security Advisor of the Government of India Ajit Doval will call on Prime Minister Deuba. It is the first visit of Prime Minister Deuba to India after he assumed the high office for the fifth time in July last year. Likewise, it is his second international visit after he became Prime Minister nine months ago.
Earlier in October last year, Prime Minister Deuba had been to the United Kingdom leading a Nepali delegation to the World Leaders Summit of the 26th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) held in Glasgow, Scotland. The Prime Minister is also scheduled to visit Varanasi before returning to Kathmandu on Sunday.