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President to visit Nepal in November

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Kathmandu: President Pranab Mukherjee is expected to visit Nepal from November 3, a media report said today.

“Indian President Mukherjee is most likely to visit Nepal from November 3,” Kathmandu Post quoted a source as saying.

During a meeting in New Delhi yesterday, Minister for Foreign Affairs Prakash Sharan Mahat and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj agreed to expedite preparations for Mukherjee s visit to Nepal, the paper said.

Earlier, both sides had agreed that the Indian president would visit Nepal from November 1, but they have now agreed to postpone the date by two days in view of Diwali.

The final decision regarding Mukherjee’s visit will be taken during Prime Minister Prachanda’s visit to India, which is starting from Thursday.

Nepal and India yesterday also held discussions about President Bidhya Devi Bhandari s visit to India, which was earlier cancelled in May.

Nepal government has also requested Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Nepal.

Prime Minister Prachanda, who is arriving in New Delhi on a state visit, will extend an invitation to Modi to visit Janakpur, Lumbini and Muktinath, the report said.

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