He said this talking to journalists at Tribhuvan International Airport this morning upon his return from India. Dr. Mahat was a member of the high level delegation accompanying President Bhandari during her ongoing state visit to India.
"This visit has been fruitful in enhancing the relations and goodwill between the two countries," the Foreign Affairs Minister said.
He shared that India's President, Prime Minister and leaders of various political parties, during their meetings with President Bhandari, highlighted the significance of the Nepal-India ties and extended best wishes to Nepal in its efforts towards implementing the constitution and holding the local level election.
"They have also expressed the commitment to support Nepal in its development endeavours," Dr Mahat added.
Responding to journalists' question that President Bhandari was received at the airport by India's Minister of State, Minister Mahat made it clear that there was nothing lacking in the honour the Government of India accorded to Nepal's President.
"The guard of honour that India gave to Nepal's President at the Rashtrapati Bhawan is an important thing. The Indian President, Prime Minister and distinguished personalities were present on the occasion," he said.
Minister Dr. Mahat explained that President Bhandari went to the airport when Indian President Pranab Mukherjee arrived on a state visit to Nepal as Nepal has the tradition of presenting the guard of honour at the airport itself.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs returned home today after the formal programmes and high-level meetings scheduled for the President on the first two days of her visit in New Delhi concluded on Tuesday night, Yek Raj Pathak, Minister Dr. Mahat's public relations and press advisor, stated in a press release today.
President Bhandari and high members of her delegation were hosted at the Rashtrapati Bhawan while in New Delhi.
As per the India's protocol tradition, Indian President Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narenbdra Modi extended an official reception to President Bhandari at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Tuesday morning. On the occasion, President Bhandari inspected the guard of honour presented to her.
Minister Dr. Mahat stated that the President held cordial talks with India's President, Vice President, Prime Minister and senior ministers.
Similarly, the Indian President on Tuesday evening hosted a State banquet at the Rastrapati Bhawan, New Delhi in the honour of President Bidya Devi Bhandari.
India's Vice President, Prime Minister, ministers and various political leaders were present on the occasion.
The Presidents of both neighbours exchanged views on the historical bonds between Nepal and India and shared that the regular exchange of visits at the highest level, bilateral meetings and talks would contribute to consolidate such ties further, Minister Dr Mahat said.
Both leaders, reviewing the bilateral assistance and cooperation in the areas of hydropower, infrastructure development, trans-border connectivity and post- earthquake reconstruction efforts undergoing in Nepal, discussed the issues of expanding such assistance further.
During the meeting with India's PM Modi, the President congratulated the government of India for recording great strides in the sectors of economic growth and development under his leadership.
She said Nepal as a close neighbour to India and having closely connected to its economy, desires to reap benefit from the progress and prosperity of its neighbour (India).
During the meeting, PM Modi stated that his government was committed to lending all possible support for the progress and development of its neighbour.
Highlighting on the achievements Nepal has made in the areas of women empowerment and inclusion though the constitutional provisions in this regard, the President shared with the Indian PM that Nepal was making preparations for holding the local-level election as per the constitutional provisions for conducting the election of all three tiers within the January 21, 2018 since the promulgation of the constitution.
The India's PM stated that India would always have support to Nepal in its every effort meant for achieving development and economic progress.
Likewise, India's Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also paid courtesy calls on the President.
Likewise a delegation of Bharatiya Janata Party led by the Party’s General Secretary Ram Madhav and other political delegations called on the President.
In an interaction with India and Nepali business community jointly organised by the Indian Ministry for External Affairs, Confederation of Indian Industry and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the President informed them about facilities provided by Nepal to promote private sector and attract foreign investment, inviting the Indian business community to invest more and more in Nepal.
On the same occasion, Minister Dr Mahat shed light on the existing trade and investment –friendly policies in Nepal and urged the India businessmen community to make investments in Nepal. RSS