All VVIPs to arrive today

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Nov 24, 2014-

Nepal is set to welcome the government and state heads of Saarc nations arriving to the Capital on Tuesday for the ongoing Saarc Summit which officially began on Monday.

Amid heightened security, the dignitaries will be received by two teams including Deputy Prime Ministers Bam Dev Gautam and Prakash Man Singh and taken to Hotel Soaltee.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will arrive at 9:30am while Afghan Pesident Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai will land at 10:45am on Tuesday. Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Togbay will arrive at 11:45am followed by President Abdulla Yameen, President of Maldives, who will be received at 12:05pm at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive between 3pm and 3:30pm, followed by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at 3:35 pm. Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina will arrive at 4:15pm. All the delegates will be received at the

hotel by Energy Minister Radha Gyawali and Education Minister Chitralekha Yadav.

On Monday, most of the foreign and external affairs ministers of the member countries arrived in Kathmandu to attend the 36th session of the Saarc Council of Ministers. The one-day meeting will take place on Tuesday. External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj, adviser to the Pakistani PM on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali and Bhutanese Foreign Minister Rinzin Dorje arrived on Monday. The meeting will improve on the Kathmandu Declaration that was finalised on Monday and endorse the agreements forwarded by Saarc Standing Committee meetings that conclude on Monday.

Maldivian Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon and Acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Zarar Ahmad Osmani landed on the same day. However, Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka GL Peiris is due to arrive on Tuesday. Several international and domestic flights have been rescheduled during the summit. Security officials at the airport said no private or public vehicles or those ferrying tourists are allowed to park on the TIA premises from Sunday until the conclusion of the regional summit. Authorities have asked all the concerned international and domestic carriers to reschedule their flights particularly from Monday until Friday.

The heads of state and government are scheduled to depart from Kathmandu on Thursday and Friday, while the departures of Indian Prime Minister Modi and Pakistani PM Sharif have not been dated.

Published: 25-11-2014 09:00

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