Addu (Maldives): Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh on Friday held talks with his Nepalese counterpart Baburam
Bhattarai here and is understood to have assured him about the
early signing of a bilateral double taxation avoidance pact.
The two leaders met on the margins of the 17th SAARC
Summit in this picturesque Maldivian island, nearly three
weeks after their talks in Delhi during Bhattarai`s maiden
official visit to India.
During today`s meeting, Bhattarai is believed to have
apprised Singh about the progress made so far in Nepal`s peace
process, Constitution-drafting and the recent agreement inked
among three major Nepalese parties over power-sharing.
The Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement, which was
expected to be inked during Bhattarai`s visit to India last
month, is also understood to have figured in the talks between
the two leaders and Singh is believed to have assured
Bhattarai that Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee would visit
Nepal soon to ink the pact.
Singh is also said to have accepted the invitation from
Bhattarai to visit Nepal and expressed happiness over
developments in Nepal`s peace and Constitution-drafting