King Birendra and Queen Aishwarya of Nepal arrived in New Delhi on Wednesday (19 September) at the start of six-day official visit to India; it was officially described as providing both leaders with the opportunity for an extensive exchange of views of bilateral issues.
GV EXT Indian President's house, New Delhi
SV INT President Sanjiva Redddy greets King Birendra and Queen Aishwarya; group take seats and talk (3 shots)
GV EXT Memorial to Gandhi; GV King Birendra carrying wreath in middle of group (2 shots)
GV King Birendra places wreath on memorial; Queen Aishwarya scatters flower petals on memorial
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Background: King Birendra and Queen Aishwarya of Nepal arrived in New Delhi on Wednesday (19 September) at the start of six-day official visit to India; it was officially described as providing both leaders with the opportunity for an extensive exchange of views of bilateral issues.
SYNOPSIS: The Royal Couple paid a visit to Indian President Sanjiva Reddy on the first full day of their indian tour. King Birendra and Queen Aishwarya were received in the Morning Room of the President's New Delhi Residence. India is the last stop on the King and Queen's Current one-month tour which has led them around the world. The king and Queen left Nepal on August 26th for official talks with Chinese leader in Peking. They then travelled to Kuwait, Holland and Canada, before reaching Cuba for the recent summit conference of Non-Aligned countries in Havana. Observers believe the King and President Reddy discussed matters arising from the Havana conference. India is a founder member of the non-aligned movement.
The Royal Couple's busy itinerary also led them to Rajghat, where they laid a wreath at the Gandhi Memorial.
While King Birendra was in New Delhi, a group opposed to his rule threatened to organise demonstrations. parliamentary rule ended in Nepal in 1960. Political parties are banned and King Birendra heads what it termed as a democracy without political parties. India is a major partner in Nepal's industrialisation, and along with the United States and China, is a major contributor of foreign aid to Nepal; a country that is officially listed as one of the worlds 25 poorest nations. There's very little industry in the Himalayan Kingdom - almost all of the 13 million population are farmers.