Indian Foreign Secretary’s visit to Nepal – important meetings and discussions continue

Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, commenced his two-day official visit to Nepal today. During the course of the day, Foreign Secretary met Mr. Bharat Raj Paudyal, Foreign Secretary of Nepal, and called on the President of Nepal, Rt. Hon’ble Mrs. Bidya Devi Bhandari, Prime Minister of Nepal, Rt. Hon’ble Mr. K.P. Sharma Oli and Foreign Minister of Nepal, H.E. Mr. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali. The meetings were conducted in a cordial and positive atmosphere.

In their meeting, the two Foreign Secretaries discussed and reviewed various aspects of the bilateral ties between the two countries. They expressed satisfaction at the substantial progress made in different sectors of cooperation despite the constraints of the pandemic. The Nepali side appreciated the Indian Government’s active facilitation in ensuring a smooth and unhindered cross-border flow of trade and commerce and the active implementation of development projects during this time. They also discussed the boundary matters and exchanged views on completing the boundary work in the remaining segments. The two Foreign Secretaries agreed to maintain the renewed momentum in high-level bilateral engagements and to further strengthen the traditionally close, friendly, and multifaceted partnership between the two countries.

Foreign Secretary called on Rt. Hon’ble President Mrs. Bidya Devi Bhandari and conveyed greetings on behalf of Hon’ble President of India. They discussed the close relationship between both countries and ways to further strengthen it.

During his call on the Rt. Hon’ble Prime Minister of Nepal, Foreign Secretary conveyed greetings of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. He apprised the Prime Minister of his productive meetings with Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali and Foreign Secretary Bharat Raj Paudyal. Foreign Secretary underscored the consensus between both sides to maintain the momentum in bilateral engagements; strengthen people-to-people linkages, make tangible progress on substantive and strategic bilateral initiatives and issues of mutual interest.

During the Foreign Secretary’s call on the Hon’ble Foreign Minister of Nepal, they had a useful exchange of views on enhancing the bilateral relationship and the next steps to be taken in maintaining the trajectory of exchanges and cooperation. Foreign Secretary briefed Hon’ble Foreign Minister about the notable progress recorded by India in our response to the Covid challenge. Foreign Secretary conveyed an invitation, from External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar to Hon’ble Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali to visit India for the next Joint Commission Meeting.

In a separate ceremony following the meeting, Foreign Secretary Shringla handed over 2000 vials of Remdesivir injection to Hon’ble Foreign Minister Gyawali for treatment of Covid-19 patients. This follows on earlier Covid-related support by the Government of India to Nepal covering essential medicines, equipment, and capacity building since April 2020. He further assured India’s continued support to Nepal in providing Covid-related assistance.

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