Issue Brief on “Sushma Swaraj’s Visit to Kathmandu: Renewed Hopes of Cementing New Alliances”

Indian Minister for External Affair Sushma Swaraj’s paid an unexpected visit to Kathmandu from February 1-2, 2018.[1] Swaraj’s visit took place at a time when there are reports that New Delhi is upset over the Left Alliance’s victory and the formation of a new government under Khadga Prasad Oli (Head of the Communist Party – CPN-UML).

In a one-on-one meeting between Swaraj and Khadga Prasad Oli both sides shared their respective concerns about bilateral relations.[2] Swaraj also conveyed a message dispatched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Mr. Oli. According to CPN-UML leaders, Swaraj assured Oli that India is ready to support and work with the new government in Kathmandu. Oli, whose relationship with India hit a low point during his previous tenure as prime minister in 2015, conveyed the message to New Delhi that he is ready to maintain cordial relations.[3]

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