Sushma Swaraj embarks to visit Nepal; amid left gaining ground there
With political incumbents in Nepal said to be leaning in towards China, the Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will embark on a visit to the Himalayan nation on February 1-2.
The visit is said to have been confirmed by Ministry of External Affairs as well.
The MEA statement said that the visit is in keeping with the tradition of regular high-level political exchanges between India and Nepal, and reflects the expanding bilateral partnership and the importance that the two countries attach to further strengthening it across diverse sectors”.
The current visit is coming in wake of the situation that parliamentary and local body elections held last year saw a Left parties’ coalition gaining the majority in parliament.
Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML) Chairman K.P. Sharma Oli is being widely seen as the country’s Prime Minister-in-waiting.
It is widely believed that Oli is seen as pro-China and who fiercely opposed Constitution amendment in the past.
Sushma Swaraj’s upcoming visit also assumes significance as India is a major development partner for Nepal.>