Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also known as ‘Prachanda,’ is set to embark on a four-day visit to India from May 31st, marking his first overseas trip since assuming office in 2022. During his visit, he will meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Droupadi Murmu, and Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar. Accompanied by a high-level delegation, the primary focus of the visit will be to discuss various areas of bilateral partnership between India and Nepal.
The Ministry of External Affairs stated that Prime Minister Dahal’s visit comes at the invitation of Prime Minister Modi and emphasizes the ongoing tradition of regular high-level exchanges between the two countries. It reflects the commitment to the “Neighbourhood First” policy and signifies the strong bilateral relations that have developed in recent years across multiple areas of cooperation.
In addition to his meetings in New Delhi, the Nepal PM will also visit Ujjain and Indore as part of his trip. The discussions will cover a wide range of topics, including economic cooperation, regional connectivity, trade, and energy. Both sides attach great significance to further enhancing their bilateral partnership.
The history of interactions between Prime Minister Dahal and Prime Minister Modi goes back to September 2016, when they met in New Delhi to discuss issues of mutual interest such as trade, infrastructure development, and regional connectivity. In April 2017, during Prachanda’s first term as Prime Minister, he paid a four-day state visit to India, where he held talks with PM Modi and other Indian officials. The discussions focused on areas such as trade, investment, energy cooperation, and cultural ties, aiming to strengthen the overall relationship between the two nations.
Prime Minister Modi also visited Nepal in May 2018, to deepen bilateral ties and expand cooperation in areas such as connectivity, trade, and energy. During that visit, he met with Prachanda and other Nepali leaders, further strengthening the bond between the two countries.
The upcoming visit by Prime Minister Dahal reinforces the commitment of both Nepal and India to foster a robust and multifaceted partnership. It symbolizes their shared dedication to regional stability, economic progress, and cultural exchanges.