Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Kathmandu on November 25 to take part in the 18th SAARC Summit scheduled for November 22-27, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Times of India also reported today that Modi has allotted his time and schedule for the SAARC Summit in Nepal.
Indian Prime Minister Modi is also likely to visit Lumbini and Janakpurdham during his stay in Nepal, which could add a couple of more days in his itinerary, the MoFA official told this daily. This will be Modi’s second visit to Nepal in four months. Modi visited Nepal, after a gap of 17 years, in August. Acting Foreign Secretary Shankar Das Bairagi said preparations are in full swing for the SAARC Summit. Itinerary details of heads of state/government of other member states are yet to be finalised, he said.
Heads of state/government of all eight SAARC member states namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will meet during the SAARC Summit to discuss ways to strengthen regional cooperation.
During his last visit to Nepal in August, Modi had expressed his desire to visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, and Janakpurdham, the birthplace of Janaki or Sita, wife of Lord Ram.