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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

Indian Foreign Secretary on a three-day visit to Kathmandu

[b]Indian Foreign Secretary on a three-day visit to Kathmandu[/b]

[b]Kathmandu, 12 December, ([/b] Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Sharan arrived in Kathmandu Sunday on a three-day visit. Sharan is expected to deliver New Delhi's assessment of Nepal in the changed political context here following the 12-point understanding hammered out by the agitating seven-party alliance with Maoists.

The Indian Foreign Secretary's arrival here comes at a time when India is pressing King Gyanendra to relinquish executive authority that he grabbed through a bloodless coup in February this year.

Apart from visiting top government officials here, Sharan, a former ambassador to Nepal, will also be visiting top political leaders. On the final day of his visit Sharan will be meeting King Gyanendra and is also expected to extend the King an invitation to visit India.

A day before departing for Nepal, Sharan had said that Nepal could become the richest country in the region by utilizing its hydropower and tourism potential, reports said. In a function in New Delhi prior to his departure for Nepal, he had said that India could help Nepal realize this potential by increasing trade relations and that Nepal has a much larger hydro-power potential than Bhutan. He also said that building highways from major Indian cities to various places in Nepal could help the economy of Nepal.

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