Nepal Prez Bidhya Devi arrives on India visit

New Delhi: Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari today arrived on a five-day visit to India at the invitation of her Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee.

Bidhya will be visiting doing this foreign tour for the first time after assuming office in October 2015 and is been accompanied by a 33-member delegation that includes Foreign Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat.

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Among the others who have visited include Peace and Reconstruction Minister Sita Devi Yadav, five women MPs and senior officials. Bhandari will be given a ceremonial reception and accorded a guard of honour at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, she will pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat and visit the Yamuna Biodiversity Park.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Susham Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will call on the visiting dignitary.

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Vice President Hamid Ansari will also call on Bhandari at the Rashtrapati Bhavan where she will stay. She will call on President Mukherjee and attend a banquet hosted by him. “Neighbourhood first,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted, announcing the President’s arrival.