KATHMANDU, Aug 21: Minister for External Affairs of India Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli met for over an hour at the Prime Minister’s official residence in Baluwatar. According to sources close to the PM, the overall issues of Nepal-India bilateral relations were discussed. A detailed review was conducted during the meeting, and towards the end, the PM expressed that he shared a cordial relationship with his counterpart Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and together they have spoken about development and prosperity of both nations.
Another prominent discussion during the meeting was the report prepared by the Nepal-India Eminent Persons Group (EPG). The sources say that the report specifies how both the countries should address and tackle issues concerning both. EAM Dr. Jaishankar said India wanted Nepal’s progress and that PM Modi had a similar message.
PM Modi told his counterpart for a need to take things from a new perspective in the coming days to further the bilateral relationship between India and Nepal. PM Modi said he was in favor of improving the ties and further strengthening bilateral ties. Dr. Jaishankar, on the other hand, assured that India will provide total support and cooperation for the Republic.
EAM Dr. Jaishankar earlier was received in the Tribhuvan International Airport by Foreign Secretary Shankar Das Bairagi, Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri, Nepalese Ambassador to India Nilambar Acharya. The fifth India-Nepal Joint Commission meeting is currently underway in Hotel Yak and Yeti. The meeting focuses on strengthening bilateral economic partnerships, and they will hold negotiations over ongoing projects that are mutually beneficial for both India and Nepal. It is an aim to make the relationship more meaningful that would support each other’s economic growth for the future.