Nepal President invited to visit India

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Kathmandu, Nov 26 : Visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee handed over the invitation by President Pratibha Patil to Nepal President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav to visit India.

Mukherjee had called on President Yadav on Tuesday.

Earlier, he met Prime Minister Prachanda at the latter's residence in Baluwater and discussed issues of bilateral concerns. The meeting dwelt on making the bilateral relationship between both countries more strong.

During his stay here, Mukherjee reportedly discussed Nepal's political situation, the peace process and the army integration with Maoists.

Finance Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai, the Indian envoy to Nepal, Rakesh Sood, and the Foreign Affairs Advisor to Prachanda, Hira Bahadur Thapa, were present at the meeting.

Mukherjee told the media after the talks that they were productive and fruitful. He also said that India is ready to extend support to Nepal.

He also expressed his government's commitment to completing the reconstruction of the Koshi Dam.

He also met Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala. The duo discussed the Nepal's current political scenario, peace process and constitution-making process.

Mukherjee said India wants peace and political stability in Nepal and will extend all possible help to ensure the same.

Before returning to New Delhi today, Mukherjee will visit Sunsari district to inspect the reconstruction works at the Koshi embankment, Nepalnews reported.

ANI

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