The Prime Minister of Nepal, K P Sharma Oli arrived to New Delhi today and was accorded with a warm ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan after being received by his Indian counterpart PM Narendra Modi.

Nepalese PM K P Sharma Oli is on a three-day visit to India and was accorded with the ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday. Oli was received by Indian PM Narendra Modi and has met with President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday. Marking the first visit to India after returning to power, Oli has arrived to India with his wife Radika Shakya and a 54-member high-level delegation arrived on Friday on a three-day state visit. The trip to India is seen significant, considering Nepal’s diplomatic approach which inclined towards China during the Doklam spat.

Clearing Nepal’s stand for India, Oli highlighted the importance of Indo-Nepal friendship at the Rashtrapati Bhava by saying, “Friendship is most important and there is no comparison with friendship. Any treaty any agreement, everything starts with friendship. With our neighbours, particularly with India, we first expect friendship.” The trip is seen as a medium that can heal the strained ties between two old neighbouring allies and will open up new doors for business, trade and diplomatic alliance. To discuss a range of bilateral issues of India-Nepal, PM Oli is schedule to meet with President Ram Nath Kovind today.

Later on, External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj will have a detailed discussion with Prime Minister Oli at Rashtrapati Bhawan regarding the foreign policy and related issues. He is also scheduled to hold discussions with the delegation-level officers of India at the Hyderabad House. Some of the important development projects will be inaugurated at the House followed by an interaction with the press. Oli will also be meeting up Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu at his house at 6, Maulana Azad Road in New Delhi and discuss improvement of bilateral ties with India.