King Mahendra of Nepal accompanied by Queen Rajyalakshmi arrived at the Palam airport on a 13 day goodwill visit.
King Mahendra of Nepal accompanied by Queen Rajyalakshmi arrived at the Palam airport on a 13 day goodwill visit.Also accompanying him were the Chairman of the Nepal Council of Ministers Dr.Tulsi Gir??? and his wife.
This "purely private visit" has attained conspicuous importance as Mahendra's itenary takes him to Nehru for four days talks, talks with defence minister and defence personnel.
According to King Mahendra, Nepal is strictly maintaining its neutral foreign policy.This is evident from their silence over Chinese aggression and then Nepal's signing of the nuclear Test Ban Treaty amongst raised eyebrows of the Chinese friends.Of late the Chinese trade relations with Nepal have multipuled.Chinese goods are freely available in Nepal.Of the three single engined planes promised by China to Nepal, two have already arrived.On the other hand while the Chinese are to start Lhasha Kathmandu road, the Indo Nepal "Tribhavan Road" of 75 miles is complete.The Indian showpiece KM.The Trisuli Hydro Electric Project as well under way and on schedule.India has promised more development aid to Nepal.Well, Nepal's neutrality is really working.What new trend it takes after four days stay in Delhi, is anybody's guess.
From Delhi, the King and Queen of Nepal proceed to Kashmir KA on pilgrimage to the cave of Lord Siva.The last part of 25 miles will be covered on ponies or dandies.From Amarnath, the Ladakh scene of fighting is 3 miles as the crow flies.
On arrival at the airport the King, Queen and entourage were receive by President Radha Krishnan, Vice President Zakir Hussain, Prime Minister Nehru, the three services chiefs, cabinet ministers and diplomats.Nepalese residents in Delhi were present in full strength.The King also inspected a guard of honour provided by the three wings of the defence forces.