Nepal President meets Anand Sharma to strengthen business ties

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 29, 2012 07:40 hrs

President of Nepal Ram Baran Yadav met Commerce Minister Anand Sharma in New Delhi on Saturday in order to strengthen business ties between New Delhi and Kathmandu.

Yadav, who is on a brief state visit to India, also discussed a wide range of bilateral issues with Sharma.

India's Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai have also met the visiting Nepalese President.

During his visit, Yadav met his Indian counterpart, Pranab Mukherjee and Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid.

He had also held delegation-level talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Nepal has been in a political crisis when a special Constituent Assembly missed a deadline to prepare a new constitution amid a political row over the number and names of the federal states to be created under the new system.

Earlier on Tuesday (December 25), the famed Banaras Hindu University (BHU) located in the temple city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, conferred an honorary doctorate on Yadav.

The degree was conferred by Indian lawmaker and former diplomat Karan Singh at the university's convocation in President Pranab Mukherjee's presence.

Landlocked Nepal depends on India for trade and crucial supplies of food and fuel. The two nations share a Hindu culture and many Nepalis cross over the border to work in India. (ANI)

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