Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav will arrive here on Monday. This will be Dr. Yadav’s first visit abroad after becoming head of state in July 2008.

At a time when both countries are moving towards implementing projects worth over Rs.2,000 crore in Nepal, and India has eased the supply of non-lethal arms, the visit will allow a review of the bilateral relationship in all spheres.

The visit will also see both sides signing several memoranda of understanding, including in the field of civil aviation, to take the relationship to new levels, said Foreign Office spokesman Vishnu Prakash.

Mr. Prakash said Dr. Yadav’s visit continued the series of frequent high-level exchanges between the two sides. Discussions would also touch on trade, investment, water resources, education and development assistance at the grass root level.

In exchanges with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna and other senior Ministers and officials, India expects to be acquainted with the move to rehabilitate former Maoist guerillas, the most important aspect of the peace process. Just last week, Nepal Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal opened for discussion a report that seeks to address the issue.

Nepal is also moving forward to frame a new Constitution whose deadline is May 20, 2010.

Discussions are expected to start with all the 11 sub-committees submitting their reports.

These movements take place against the backdrop of Maoists scheduled to launch the fifth phase of their agitation on Saturday.

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