Nepal’s Prime Minister, Sher Bahadur Deuba, will tour Varanasi on India visit this upcoming week and review bilateral ties at a ‘high-level exchange’ with Modi.

Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba is scheduled to visit India from April 1-3, and his trip will focus on promoting bilateral trade.

The visit of PM Narendra Modi to Deuba is part of the government’s strategy for strengthening bilateral ties. It also serves as an opportunity forDeuba to meet with high-level officials from the BJP-led government in India and attend official engagements. The goal of his three-day visit is to review and further strengthen bilateral ties.

Deuba visited India in 2017 as the Prime Minister of Nepal. He has previouslyvisited India during each of his previous four stints as Prime Minister.

The visit is expected to be in line with regular high-level bilateral exchanges and will give the opportunity for officials from both countries to review bilateral relations, including development and economic partnership, trade, cooperation in the health sector, power, connectivity, people to people links and other issues of mutual interest.

In January, the Nepalese PM had earlier said Deuba had been invited by Prime Minister Modi. Earlier in the month, he was scheduled to travel to India to take part in a business summit. However, due to Covid-19 (a virus that causes respiratory illness), the summit was postponed and now it is planned for later this year.

In November last year, Deuba and Modi met in Glasgow, Scotland – on the sidelines of the UN climate conference. They had “fruitful talks” on many aspects of India-Nepal friendship.

Deuba congratulated his Indian counterpart on providing support to Nepal in essential medical supplies and vaccines during its fight against Covid-19 pandemic. They discussed the importance of bilateral relations and how they will help each other face this common threat.

Deuba’s visit will take place immediately after Chinese foreign minister and state councillor Wang Yi’s three-day tour to Nepal from March 25 to March 27. In addition, Nepal has recently appointed senior economist Shankar Prasad Sharma as its ambassador to India.