Kathmandu : The visit to Nepal by the President of India after a gap of 18 years is expected to bring more warmth and depth in the relations between the two countries.
Talking to RSS leaders of various political parties and former Foreign Minister a day before Indian President Pranab Mukherjee arrives on a three-day state visit, they said exchange of such high-level visits would certainly add to bringing more proximity in the bilateral relations.
Indian President Mukherjee is arriving on a state visit of Nepal at the friendly invitation of President Bidya Devi Bhandari.
Talking to RSS, UML Vice-Chair and former DPM Bhim Bahadur Rawal said the visit by the head of state of the neighbouring country would certainly add to the warmth in the mutual relations. “Nepal should utilize this visit in the interest of the nation and as per the norms of the UN Charter,” he said.
Rawal however criticized the government for not consulting with the main opposition party and also giving a public holiday on the day of arrival of the Indian President.
Likewise, CPN (MC) leader and former DPM Narayan Kaji Shrestha said the visit by President Mukherjee will further deepen the emotional relations between the two countries. He expected the visit to concentrate on creating an atmosphere conducive to seeking a solution to the concrete problems between the two countries.
NC leader and Minister for Urban Development Arjun Narsingh KC said Nepal should think where and how to utilize this visit, as it will certainly enhance mutual goodwill between the two countries. “This should be taken as an opportunity to consolidate bilateral relations in the national interest and integrity,” he said.
Likewise, Chair of Tarai Madhesh Loktrantrik Party Mahantha Thakur said the visit will add to harmony in the relations between the two countries, which is improving as of late. This visit is also important from the social, economic and religious point of view as it will increase the closeness between the two countries, he added.