Nepal's Prime Minister Kirtinidhi Bista has begun a series of crucial talk in New Delhi with the Indian Premier Moraji Desai.
Nepal's Prime Minister Kirtinidhi Bista has begun a series of crucial talk in New Delhi with the Indian Premier Moraji Desai. Mr. Bista, who arrived on Saturday (15 April), will stay in India for eleven days.
SYNOPSIS: Since Mr. Desai paid a visit to Nepal last December, relations between the two countries have rapidly improved after several years of strain. Mr. Bista, who is accompanied by his wife and team from his cabinet, was given a warm welcome at the airport where he was greeted by Indian leaders.
During the current visit, the two leaders are expected to finalise details for a recently agreed treaty which gives landlocked Nepal transit rights across India to the sea.
This particular issue has been responsible for souring relations between the two in recent years.
Agreement for work o begin on several important joint hydro-electric, irrigation and flood control projects is also expected to be finalised.
But there are still issues where the two sides remain far apart. It is unlikely that Mr. Desai will agree to Nepal's bid for international recognition as a zone of peace. India in the past has pointed to the 1950 Peace and Friendship Treaty, which is says is sufficient. but Nepal argues that the treaty is heavily weighted in favour of India.
After his talks with Indian leaders, Mr. Bista will make an extensive tour of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Bihar, before returning home. (SEQ 1-6)