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Nepal's New PM Visits India

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Nepal's new prime minister is in India to hold talks with officials about cross-border issues.

Nepalese Prime Minister Prachanda arrived in New Delhi on Sunday for a five-day visit. He is expected to meet with his Indian counterpart, Manmohan Singh, as well as other high-level officials.

This is Mr. Prachanda's first trip to India since he was sworn into office last month, but it is not his first foreign travel as prime minister.

The Maoist leader visited Beijing for the closing ceremony of the Olympic games.

Nepalese officials say the prime minister will reassure New Delhi that his visit to China does not mean Nepal is cutting ties with India.

India is Nepal's biggest trading partner and its lone fuel supplier.

Indian and Nepalese officials are also expected to discuss recent flooding that has devastated parts of both countries.

And, Nepalese officials say Prime Minister Prachanda wants to discuss making changes to a 1950 trade and transit treaty with India, among other issues.

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