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Foreign Minister S Jaishankar in two-day bilateral meeting with Nepal

Kathmandu: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday said he is happy to be back in Nepal and is looking forward to his programs in the country as he arrives here on a two-day visit to co-chair the seventh Nepal-India Joint Summit with his Nepali counterpart. Have arrived. Commission meeting here.

This is Jaishankar’s first visit to a foreign country in 2024.

Jaishankar will co-chair the India-Nepal Joint Commission meeting with his Nepali counterpart NP Saud.

Saudi Arabia warmly welcomed Jaishankar at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).

Nepal’s Foreign Secretary Seva Lamsal and other senior officials also welcomed Jaishankar at the airport.

“Happy to be back in Nepal for my first visit in 2024. Looking forward to the events over the next two days,” Jaishankar posted on Twitter.

The India-Nepal Joint Commission was established in 1987 and provides a forum for both sides to review all aspects of the bilateral partnership.

“Nepal is a priority partner of India under its ‘Neighborhood First’ policy. The visit is in keeping with the tradition of high-level exchanges between the two close and friendly neighbours,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in New Delhi.

According to Nepal’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Amrit Bahadur Rai, during the joint commission meeting, “the entire gamut of Nepal-India relations will be reviewed”.

“The bilateral meeting will mainly focus on strengthening Nepal-India relations in the coming days and deriving maximum benefits for both the countries through enhanced partnership between them,” Rai told PTI ahead of the visit.

The Ministry of External Affairs said that during his visit, Jaishankar will pay a courtesy call on President Ramchandra Paudel and Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”.

Foreign Ministry sources said that he also plans to meet senior political leaders of Nepal.

Saud will also host a dinner in honor of Jaishankar and members of his delegation.

Jaishankar will also inaugurate the Tribhuvan University Library in Kirtipur and other post-earthquake construction projects being carried out with Indian assistance in Kathmandu before returning to India after concluding his visit on Friday.

This is Jaishankar’s first official visit to Nepal after Prachanda takes over as Prime Minister for the third time in December 2022.

The two sides are expected to sign an agreement on modalities that will facilitate Nepal to export 10,000 MW of power to India over the next 10 years in line with the decision taken by the leadership of both the countries in June last year.

In June 2023, ‘Prachanda’ visited New Delhi, during which both sides signed several key agreements, including increasing New Delhi’s power imports from the neighboring country to 10,000 MW over the next 10 years from the current 450 MW Is.

Nepal is important to India in the context of its overall strategic interests in the region, and leaders of the two countries have often noted the age-old “Roti Beti” relationship.

Nepal shares a border of over 1,850 km with five Indian states – Sikkim, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

(This report is published as part of an auto-generated syndicated wire feed. Except for the headline, the content has not been modified or edited by ABP Live.)

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