KATHMANDU - Nepal 's prime minister will travel to India next week on a visit aimed at repairing fractured relations between the neighbours after the end of a crippling months-long border blockade, Kathmandu said Friday.
Demonstrators in Nepal had obstructed a major trade route since September in protest at a new constitution, sparking debilitating shortages of fuel and other vital supplies across the landlocked Himalayan nation.
But slow movement of cargo across other checkpoints where no protests were taking place prompted Kathmandu to accuse New Delhi, which has criticised the constitution, of imposing an "unofficial blockade", a charge India denied.
The strained ties meant that K.P. Sharma Oli, who became premier in October, put off visiting India -- a traditional first stop for Nepali prime ministers heading overseas -- until the blockade ended last week.
"Prime Minister Oli is now in a position to improve the souring relationship with India after the promulgation of the new constitution in Nepal ," said the prime minister's foreign affairs adviser Gopal Khanal.
"He hopes to end any confusion in bilateral ties that has emerged in recent times," he said.
More than 50 people have died in clashes between police and protesters from southern Nepal 's Madhesi ethnic minority and share close cultural, linguistic and family links with Indians living across the border. The unrest has triggered concern in India , with New Delhi urging Kathmandu to hold talks with the Madhesis, who say the charter, adopted in September, leaves them politically marginalised.