Indian leaders arrive in Kathmandu

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Kathmandu, Aug 17 (UNI) A delegation of Indian political leaders led by JD(U) Leader Sharad Yadav has arrived in Kathmandu today at the invitation of the Maoist leadership.

The four-member delegation led by Janata Dal (United) leader and chairman of Indo-Nepal Parliamentary Forum, Sharad Yadav, will share views with leaders of different parties of Himalayan country on various dimensions of Nepali and Indian politics, a party release said.

"Our team would urge Nepali leaders to draft the new constitution on consensus," Mr Yadav was quoted as saying in local media before leaving for Kathmandu.

The leaders are said to have held an extensive meeting with Indian foreign secretary Shiv Shankar Menon before departing to Nepal.

Mr Yadav's team will hold separate meetings with former prime minister and Nepali Congress president Girija Prasad Koirala, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, UML general secretary Jhala Nath Khanal and coordinator of Madhesi Janadhikar Forum Upendra Yadav.

The visit is taking place immediately after the election of Maoists chairman Prachanda as the first Prime Minister of Republic Nepal.

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