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Nepal president arrives in New Delhi on five-day visit

STORY: Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Monday (April 17) arrived in New Delhi on a five-day visit aimed at strengthening bilateral ties with India.

Bhandari has chosen New Delhi as her first foreign stop, seeking to rebalance ties that chilled amid months-long protests at India-Nepal border following a political transition in the Himalayan nation.

During her visit, Bhandari will meet a host of top Indian leaders including President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and discuss bilateral and regional issues.

The visiting president is accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising of ministers, members of parliament and other senior officials.

She will also visit some temples in western Gujarat and eastern Odisha states to offer prayers.

There have been various high-level visits between the two neighbours over the last six months. Nepali Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also known as Prachanda, visited India twice in September and October 2016 and Indian President Pranab Mukherjee visited Kathmandu in November 2016.

Bhandari, the first female president of Nepal, was originally scheduled visit in May 2016. However, her visit was called off by then Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli, who accused India of working to stitch together an alliance of parties in Nepal to topple his government.

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