The First Nepalese Premier Of Delhi

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On February 19, KP Sharma Oli became the first Nepalese premier to visit India in half a decade, where he met with Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. Oli’s trip followed months of bilateral friction marked by accusations from Kathmandu that India had unofficially blockaded Nepal in support of the Madhesi protests against its new constitution. For 135 days starting in September 2015, a Nepalese economy heavily reliant on overland fuel transportation from India dealt with acute diesel shortages that hobbled rebuilding work after last April’s earthquake and magnified power outages for citizens and industry alike.

Oli was on a fence-mending mission to reset two-way relations back to the feel-good era following Modi’s historic 2014 trip to Nepal, especially after the Madhesi protests petered out in early February. In his post-meeting presser, Oli hinted at the recent impasse between the neighbors, proclaiming “the misunderstanding that persisted in the last few months is no longer there” and hoped that bilateral relations would “greatly benefit from our discussions.” Besides signing nine agreements ranging from infrastructure to rail and road transportation, both leaders also inaugurated the 400 kV Muzaffarpur-Dhalkebar electricity transmission line.

This 140 kilometers-long line will connect Muzaffarpur in India to Dhalkebar in Nepal. It aims to ease Nepal’s energy woes by immediately providing 80 MW, ramping this up to 200 MW by October and

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