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Khurshid meets Nepal Prez

India on Tuesday signed an agreement to donate 764 vehicles to Nepal in order to support poll-related preparations as Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, during a day-long visit here, met Nepal’s president Ram Baran Yadav and Chairman of the Interim Election Government Khil Raj Regmi besides his counterpart Madhav Ghimire.

‘To extend support and cooperation to the elections, I am paying an official and goodwill visit to Nepal. We (India) support the choices made by Nepali people as whatever political system or what kind of constitution they want to set up here,’ Khurshid told mediapersons on his arrival here. Indian Ambassador to Nepal Jayant Prasad and Nepal’s Finance Secretary Shanta Raj Subedi signed two separate Letters of Exchange (LoEs) at a function organised at the Nepal prime minister’s Office after Khurshid’s meeting with Chairman of the Interim Election Government Regmi.

According to the LoEs, India will donate 48 vehicles to Nepal’s Elections Commission and rest 716 vehicles to Nepal Police and Armed Police Force under the Ministry of Home Affairs. These vehicles will cost a total of IRs.500 million. Khurshid held separate talks with Nepal’s president and Ghimire. ‘I have come here on a goodwill visit to convey my government’s support to the government of Nepal for the successful conduct of free and fair elections in Nepal in November,’ he said in his remarks to the media.
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