New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee will embark on a three-day state visit to Nepal on Wednesday, the first by an Indian Head of State in 18 years, during which he will hold talks with political leadership there besides visiting historical temples of Pashupatinath and Ram Janki.
The President's visit is seen as an extension of "intensive engagement" by
"The President has had a long involvement with the people of Nepal, with the political leaders of Nepal and he has been a person who has played an instrumental role on behalf of India in his different capacities as Defence Minister, as Finance Minister and as External Affairs Minister in the process of democratic evolution within Nepal," Press Secretary to the President Venu Rajamony had said.
Mukherjee is likely to be received by President Bidya Devi Bhandari at the
A formal meeting between the two Heads of State has been lined up at the official residence of Bhandari-Shital Niwas.
Bhandari will also host a state banquet in honour of Mukherjee. Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda will also host a dinner in his honour.
"These projects are being reviewed periodically at the highest level to ensure their timely implementation. We are also trying to move forward expeditiously on the post-earthquake reconstruction projects where
Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun and the Prime Minister will also call on Mukherjee.
The leaders "will discuss the full range of issues covering bilateral, regional and international issues and I am sure regional cooperation issue will figure in the talks," Dalela had said.
The then President K. R. Narayanan had visited