Lankan Prez on Nepal visit, meets Prachanda

Last Updated: Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 22:55

Kathmandu: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, on a three-day pilgrimage-cum-official tour to Nepal, met Maoist supremo Prachanda on Thursday.
Rajapaksa had to cut short his visit to Nepal earlier this year after a terror attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Pakistan. He was scheduled to travel to Lumbini then but had to postpone his visit and rush back to Sri Lanka.

The President arrived here earlier today and was received by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

Later, former prime minister and Maoist chief Prachanda called on him at his hotel. Details on their discussions were not immediately available.

Rajapaksa, who is in Nepal on a three-day visit, will meet President Ram Baran Yadav, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, Deputy Prime Minister Koirala and other senior leaders during his brief stay.

Accompanied by first lady Shiranthi, he will visit Lord Buddha`s birthplace Lumbini tomorrow morning to inaugurate a monastery constructed by Sri Lanka before starting his official engagements, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Prime Minister will host a dinner reception tonight in honour of the visiting leader, who will leave for Sri Lanka on Saturday.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 22:55
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