PM Koirala off to India

Kathmandu, May 26. Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has left for India on a three-day official visit to attend the swearing-in ceremony of India’s Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi on Monday.

Koirala left for India in a Jet Air flight to New Delhi at 9:30 am this morning. This is Koirala’s first visit to southern neighbor since he was elevated to the country’s executive post. Other national leaders along with Koirala,  attending Modi’s swearing-in ceremony today.

Koirala is leading 13-member team of delegates. The delegates accompanying the Prime Minister includes  the Minister for the Physical Infrastructure and Transportation, Mr.Bimalendra Nidhi, Nepali Congress leaders and the Chief of the external affairs Ms. Sujata Koirala, Sashank Koirala,PM’s  Foreign Affairs Advisor Dinesh Bhattarai, Chief Personal Secretary Basanta Gautam, Chief of Protocol Kali Prasad Pokharel and India Division Head at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Amrit Rai. Source said that Koirala is leading his visit including his family members, a minister, advisers, aides, security and media team.

Three journalists and two personal security officers has also accompanied the PM.

Earlier, Prime Minister Koirala had held consultations with top political leaders and foreign affairs experts on his India visit which is taken significantly to boost bilateral relation between Nepal and India at a time of change of guard in India.

During his visit, Koirala is scheduled to meet Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee, President of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Rajnath Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi among other top leaders.