New Delhi: Nepal's former prime minister and senior Nepali Congress leader Sher Bahadur Deuba today met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and discussed with her a number of key bilateral issues.
Deuba's three-day visit to India, which began yesterday, is significant as major political parties in Nepal recently reached a deal to promulgate a new constitution at the earliest by resolving contentious issues.
He also met Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow.
UCPN-Maoist chairman Prachanda, who is also a former Nepal Prime Minister, will arrive here on a five-day visit to India starting July 14.
Nepal's Parliament is currently discussing the new constitution despite protests by some Madhesi parties, which are considered close to India.
Sadbhawana Party, Terai Madhesi Democratic Party and some fringe parties have boycotted Nepal's Parliament discussion, saying that their issues were not addressed while moving forward the constitution-drafting process.
The leaders of Madhesi parties want more rights and representation of the people of the Terai region in the new constitution. They have even threatened to launch agitation if the major parties move forward with the constitution-making process without taking them into confidence.