Khurshid visiting Nepal Monday

Kathmandu, July 5 (IANS) To extend support to Nepal's election process, Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid is coming here Tuesday on a two-day visit, it was announced Friday.

Nepal's foreign ministry and the Indian embassy said separately that Khurshid's official visit was in response to an invitation from his Nepali counterpart Mahdav Ghimire.

Khurshid will meet Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav and the chairman of the Interim Election Council, Khil Raj Regmi, as well as leaders of major political parties.

Khurshid will be accompanied by senior Indian officials, Nepali foreign ministry spokesman Arjun Bahdur Thapa said.

"The visit shows that there is strong international support, particularly from our neighbours, towards Nepal's election process," he said.

"Some possible support from the Indian side will be discussed during the visit," Thapa said.

India and Nepal will also review their bilateral relations during the visit, the official added.

Some projects which are under discussion at various levels between Nepal and India will be discussed, an Indian diplomatic source said.

Then Indian external affairs minister S.M. Krishna visited Nepal in April 2011.