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Only feasible deals will be sealed during this PM’s India visit: Foreign Minister Saud


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Foreign Minister NP Saud (File Photo)

Foreign Minister NP Saud has claimed that only the agreements that are implementable will be signed during Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda's visit to India this time.

The Prime Minister Dahal is scheduled to visit India from May 31 to June 3.

Talking to journalists about the visit, Minister Saud said that the agreements that are implementable will be signed during the prime minister’s visit to India this time but those not implementable will not be signed.

"Commitments come, the implementation aspect will be weak, and somehow this is happening from both sides. This time, we will forward only those agreements which will be implemented," he said.

During the visit, he said that the issues such as trade and transit, aviation, physical infrastructure development, and financial support will be advanced.

During the visit, the main emphasis will be on increasing hydropower production in Nepal and ensuring Indian investment in production, he said.

"We will advance issues like trade, transit, connectivity, infrastructure development, and financial support in this visit," he said, "The main agenda of the visit is to generate power in Nepal, ensure Indian investment in hydropower projects, and build a transmission line through LOC, between Nepal and India. These include important issues such as long-term power purchase deals and the need to export power to Bangladesh using Indian grid and transmission.

He informed that the main topic of the visit is to seek India's help in energy trade in Bangladesh using Indian soil.

He informed that during the Prime Minister's visit to India, there will also be discussions about removing some disputes with India to make the Bhairahawa International Airport fully functional.

During Prime Minister Dahal's visit to India, the entourage includes 88 members including Foreign Affairs Minister NP Saud, Finance Minister Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat, Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Shakti Bahadur Basnet, Physical Infrastructure and Transport Minister Prakash Jwala, Industry, Commerce and Supply Minister Ramesh Rijal.

During his visit to India, Prime Minister Dahal is scheduled to meet Indian President Droupadi Murmu, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


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