Nepalese PM meets Indian Ambassador before India visit

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Kathmandu, Sep 13 (UNI) Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal met leaders of Nepalese political parties and Indian ambassador just a day before his India visit.

Foreign Minister Upendra Yadav, who would accompany Mr Dahal to New Delhi, said, ''Issues of bilateral interest would be discussed during the goodwill visit.'' Mr Prachanda also met Indian Ambassador Rakesh Sood at the Prime Minister's Office in Singh Durbar and informed him about the issues his delegation would be raising while in India.

''All important issues, including the demand for a review on 1950 Friendship Treaty and the problem caused by Koshi Dam, would be discussed between the two countries during Mr Dahal's visit,'' Nepalnews quoted Mr Sood as saying after meeting the Prime Minister.

Mr Prachanda also held separate meetings with UML general secretary Jhal Nath Khanal and Foreign Minister and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum chairman Upendra Yadav in Baluwatar.

Emerging from the meeting, Mr Khanal said the Prime Minister's visit is basically aimed at consolidating the Indo-Nepal ties.

''Although there are no specific agendas for the visit, it will be important for improving bilateral relations,'' he said.

Mr Dahal would leave for New Delhi tomorrow, leading a 30-member delegation comprised of foreign, water resources, communication and supplies ministers, businessmen, mediapersons and officals.

He would meet President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and various leaders during the five-day visit.

He would also meet the business community.

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