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 neighbour since he was elevated to the country’s executive post.
Along with Koirala, other national leaders attending Modi’s swearing-in ceremony today include Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Afghanistan´s President Hamid Karzai and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse.
Koirala is leading 13-member team of delegates, including his family members, a minister, advisers, aides, security and media team. The delegates accompanying the Prime Minister includes Physical Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Bimalendra Nidhi, Nepali Congress leaders Sujata Koirala and Sashank Koirala, 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.
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.