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PM Oli likely to visit India from April 6-8

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is likely to embark on an official visit to India from April 6. This will be his maiden foreign trip after taking office for second term last month.

India has proposed April 6-8 for the PM Oli’s official visit, according to sources. The formal announcement, however, is yet to made and will be confirmed once the Nepali side gives its concurrence to the proposed date, according to an official in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kathmandu.

Sources said Foreign Minister Pradip Gyawali is also likely to visit New Delhi ahead of Oli’s official trip.

This will be the first foreign trip of PM Oli after assuming his office after the left alliance secured close to two-thirds votes in the December elections and his government received a whopping three-fourths of support in the confidence vote in the House of Representatives.

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There has been speculations that whether Oli will visit Delhi or Beijing first. There has also been speculations that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be invited to Kathmandu before Nepal’s prime minister would visit Delhi.

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi became the first head of state or government Kathmandu after Oli was appointed the country’s executive head.

Earlier, before Oli took office, Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj had visited Nepal.

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PM Oli returns home

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has returned home on Sunday after completing of a six-day official visit to the People’s Republic of China. PM Oli and his entourage landed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu at 10:15.

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ishwor Pokharel, National Assembly Chairman Ganesh Timilsina and Nepal Communist Party leader Madhav Kumar Nepal, among others, received PM Oli at TIA’s VVIP Lounge.

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Oli had left for China on Tuesday (June 19). He paid the official visit at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang.

During his visit, PM Oli held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, among other Chinese leaders, and signed 14 agreements incluidng a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to build a railway link connecting Tibet with Kathmandu.

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