press trust of india
Kathmandu, 4 August
Nepali Congress president Sushil Koirala today left for a five-day visit to India during which he will meet the top leadership and discuss Nepal’s ongoing peace process and the Constituent Assembly elections.
He is coming at the invitation of the government of India.
The Nepali Congress (NC) leader will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj among others, the party sources said.
He will hold high-level meetings in New Delhi and discuss issues relating to Nepal’s ongoing peace process, the forthcoming Constituent Assembly elections and constitution making process, the sources said.
Mr Koirala will be accompanied by NC general secretaries Prakash Man Singh and Krishna Sitaula and his personal aid Laxman Dhakal.
“Nepal is capable of resolving its problems including holding the Constituent Assembly polls and drafting the new Constitution but we need moral support and good will from India and the rest of the international community in our efforts to consolidate democracy, peace and stability,” party general secretary Singh told PTI today.
Mr Koirala will also visit Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and meet chief ministers Akhilesh Yadav and Nitish Kumar, respectively.
The three leaders will discuss ways to control flood and address inundation problems in the border areas, Mr Singh said. They will also discuss cooperation issues to develop the border areas.
“The Nepali Congress and the INC are very closely associated and during our meeting with the Congress president, matters relating to further deepening party-to-party relations will also be discussed,” Mr Singh said.