Nepal president arrives in Delhi for four-day visit

New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav arrived here Monday for a four-day state visit during which he will sign several agreements as well as visit Haridwar for the Maha Kumbh Mela.

This is Yadav’s first foreign visit since being elected president in 2008.

Yadav, accompanied by a large delegation, was received at the airport by Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur on arrival at around 12.30 p.m.

He was taken to the ceremonial lounge and then in a convoy to Taj Palace hotel, where he is staying.

Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao will call on the president Monday evening.

The operational part of the visit will begin Tuesday when Yadav will hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. President Pratibha Patil will host a banquet in honour of the Nepalese guest.

The two countries are likely to sign four agreements — extension of railway services, an air services deal as well as construction of a polytechnic and a convention hall on the India-Nepal border.

During the course of his visit, Yadav will visit Haridwar, which is hosting the Maha Kumbh Mela that takes place every 12 years in the Hindu pilgrimage centre.

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