Foreign Secretary Menon visits Nepal to build ties

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Shivshankar Menon
New Delhi Jun 20: Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon is visiting to Nepal for a two-day visit from Saturday, Jun 20.

Strengthening relations between India and Nepal will be the top on the agenda of this visit.

Indian Foreign Secretary will be meeting President Ram Baran Yadav, Vice President Parmananda Jha, the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala Home Minister Bhim Bahadur Rawal, and his Nepalese conterpart Gyanachanda Acharya.

The issues including power, trade, border dispute, and issues related to the SAARC meet, which is to be held in Bhutan in 2010, are believed to be raised by Menon with Nepalese leadership.

Menon is expected to discuss the visit of the Nepalese Premier Madhav Kumar Nepal to India next month with his Nepalese counterpart.

Nepal's Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala said the coalition government led by CPN-UML, is working to give a logical end to the peace process with the cooperation form India.

Koirala added Nepal government wants to strengthen bilateral relations with neighbouring countries, especially India.

The CPN-UML, which has come to power heading a 22-party coalition after the resignation of the then Prime Minster and Maoist leader Prachanda, is struggling to consolidate its alliance and is facing difficulties in taking the Maoists on board.

ANI

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