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Five SAARC dignitaries returning home tonight



KATHMANDU: Five out of the seven heads of state/government, who came to take part in the 18th SAARC Summit, are flying back to their home countries from the Capital this evening.

The dignitaries from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Afghanistan will leave Kathmandu today. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed and Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was earlier scheduled to board a special jet of Indian Air Force to New Delhi at 8:15 pm. However, his flight has been delayed for some time.

“The Indian Prime Minister will fly back first,” Tribhuvan International Airport’s General Manager Birendra Prasad Shrestha said.

The delay in Modi’s departure will affect the timings of other dignitaries.

After Modi, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will board his plane.

Rajapaksa offers lift to Yameen

It has been learnt that Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has offered lift to his Maldivian counterpart Abdulla Yameen on his special jet.

They will board the same flight after Sharif flies out from the TIA.

Finally, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will board his plane.

These flights are likely to be at an interval of 30 minutes.

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