President Bhandari receives ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan (In Photos)
NEW DELHI, April 18: President Bidya Devi Bhandari received ceremonial reception at the at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on Tuesday . She was welcomed by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Bhandari, who is on a five-day state visit to India will hold meetings with President Mukherjee and Prime Minister Modi later in the day. She will also call on Vice President M Hamid Ansari, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
President Bhandari is also scheduled to attend a business event.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) welcomes Nepal’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari during a ceremonial reception at the Presidential palace in New Delhi on Tuesday. AFP
The visit is taking place in the backdrop of intensified bilateral engagements at the political and official levels in recent times.
In the last six months, this is the fourth visit at the Head of State or Head of Government level between the two countries which is unprecedented. There had been more than 30 official and ministerial level engagements since the state visit of President Mukherjee to Nepal in November last year which clearly illustrate the wide range and depth of cooperative ties with Nepal.
The visit reflects the priority that both the nations attach to further strengthening of their age-old and unique partnership, underpinned by shared historical and cultural linkages and strong people-to-people connections.