Federal Socialist Forum Nepal Chairman Upendra Yadav also has a one-on-one meeting with visiting Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj at Soaltee Crowne Plaza Friday morning.
Yadav was scheduled to meet Swaraj Thursday itself but it was postponed to today after he was late to return back to Kathmandu from Madhes. Yadav, a former foreign minister, reached Soaltee where Swaraj stayed overnight to meet her.
Swaraj felicitated Yadav on his party’s performance in the recent elections, and the discussions focused on deepening India-Nepal bilateral relations, including enhancing people-to-people contacts, according to Spokesperson at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar.
EAM @SushmaSwaraj met the Chairman of Federal Socialist Forum Nepal Upendra Yadav and felicitated him on his party’s performance in the recent elections. Discussions focused on deepening India-Nepal bilateral relations, including enhancing people-to-people contacts. pic.twitter.com/v02UaQOXTj
— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) February 2, 2018
CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal was also alone while meeting Swaraj at Saoaltee earlier Friday morning. CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli also had a one-on-one meeting with Swaraj at the hotel Thursday evening. Swaraj also had a group meeting with UML leaders after the one-on-one meeting with Oli.
UML has hosted a banquet at Soaltee Crown Plaza in honor of Swaraj.
Swaraj had told reporters after landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Thursday afternoon that she has not come to Nepal with any agenda.
The Indian Ministry of External Affairs has called Swaraj’s visit continuity of the tradition of regular high-level political exchanges between the two countries.
Swaraj will visit President Bidhya Dev Bhandari and Prime Minister (PM) Sher Bahadur Deuba, who also has the foreign ministry, on Friday. She will meet President Bhandari at Sheetal Niwas at noon and then go to Baluwatar to meet PM Deuba.
Swaraj is scheduled to return Friday evening.