KATHMANDU: Foreign Secretary of India Sujatha Singh, who is on a two-day official visit to Nepal, called on Chairman of the Interim Election Council of Ministers, Khil Raj Regmi, at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers on Sunday.
On the occasion, they discussed various matters of mutual interest and concern and the relations between Nepal and India, Spokesperson at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Mahendra Bahadur Thapa said.
Indian foreign secretary Sujatha Singh meets Chairman of Interim Election Council Khil Raj Regmi at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers on Sunday, September 15, 2013.Photo: RSS
Familiarising about contemporary political situation and preparations of the election to the Constituent Assembly (CA), Chairman Regmi appraised the support provided by India for the socio-economic development of Nepal.
Chairman Regmi said that Nepali people are eager to cast votes on November 19 and added that the government was fully focused in the election, said Thapa quoting Chairman Regmi.
Secretary Singh said that India wished for the stability of democracy and development in Nepal and expressed her hope that the second Constituent Assembly election in Nepal will be held on the announced date.
“The Government of India is ready to provide all sorts of assistance to that end,” she said.
Indian Foreign Secretary Singh arrived here on a two-day official visit to Nepal on Saturday afternoon. This is her first visit to Nepal since she assumed her office on August 1, this year.
Chief of the South Asia Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Amrit Rai, Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae and senior officers at the Indian Embassy here were also present on the occasion.
Visiting Indian Secy Singh calls on Minister Ghimire
KATHMANDU: Visiting Foreign Secretary of India Sujatha Singh paid a courtesy call on Madhav Prasad Ghimire at the latter’s office today.
On the occasion, matters relating to Nepal-India relations and mutual interest were discussed.
According to spokesperson for the Ministry, Deepak Dhital, the two discussed about the current political situation of Nepal, preparations for the upcoming Constituent Assembly elections and efforts being made at the government level to involve all the political parties in the election.
Stating that exchanging of high-level regular visits between the government representatives of both the neighbours has helped consolidate the mutual relations, Foreign Minister Ghimire recalled the recent Nepal visit by his Indian counterpart Salman Khurshid and said such visit has added a new dimension to Nepal-India relations.
“The India Government is serious about political stability and development of Nepal”, reiterated Singh, expressing her hope that Nepali people’s aspirations for a democratic and inclusive constitution will be fulfilled with the successful conduction of the CA election fixed for November 19.
She said her government is ready to provide support for security arrangement necessary for the election, logistic materials and other additional assistance.
On the occasion, the Indian Foreign Secretary expressed her commitment to resolving problems seen in the Nepal-India trade promotion, and trade and commerce sector.
Prior to this, the Indian Foreign Secretary had a meeting with Foreign Secretary Arjun Bahadur Thapa and discussed about the matters of mutual interest.
Talking to RSS after the meeting, Secretary Thapa said the meeting focused on the discussions about the matters of bilateral trade, commerce and transport.
Secretary Thapa has hosted a lunch party in honour of his Indian counterpart this afternoon.
Senior officers at the Foreign Ministry, Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae and senior officers of the Indian Embassy were present in both the meetings.