Kathmandu: Terming his India visit as “successful", Nepal Deputy Prime Minister Bimlendra Nidhi on Tuesday said all “obstacles" in the bilateral relationship between the two nations have been cleared ahead of Nepal Premier Prachanda’s trip to the country next month.

Nidhi was on a four-day visit to India from 17 August as the special envoy of Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also known as Prachanda.

Nidhi said his visit was “successful" in improving Nepal-India ties that were at an all-time low since the promulgation of the constitution in Nepal last year and over the agitation by Madhesis.

“All the obstacles in the bilateral relationship have been cleared after the visit," he said.

Nidhi’s visit was mainly centred to prepare the ground for Prachanda’s visit to India on 15 September, the first foreign entourage of the prime minister after assuming office last month.

Nidhi, who is also Nepal’s home minister, discussed the proposed visit of President Pranab Mukherjee to Nepal and Nepal President Bidya Bhandari to India.

The visit of special envoy Nidhi is the first high-level visit from Nepal to India after the formation of the new government in Nepal under Prachanda. Nidhi held high-level meetings with Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and former prime minister Manmohan Singh, among others, during his stay in New Delhi.

Nidhi said he briefed Indian leaders and officials about Nepal’s top priorities that included implementation of the constitution, which was promulgated in September last year.

Nidhi said he discussed matters relating to the anti-constitution movement that was launched by Madhesi parties and amendment to the new constitution for resolving political crisis, among other issues.

Prachanda had sent a special envoy to China as well. Nepal leader Krishna Bahadur Mahara’s visit to China comes following anxieties in Beijing over the fate of projects connecting China and Nepal to reduce dependence on India. PTI

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