Nepal foreign minister in India on three-day visit

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Nepal foreign minister
Pradeep Kumar Gyawali (File photo)

New Delhi (NVI): Nepal foreign minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali arrived in Delhi today on a three-day visit to co-chair the sixth session of the India-Nepal Joint Commission Meeting, which will be hosted by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tomorrow, the Ministry of External Affairs said.

Gyawali is scheduled to meet his Indian counterpart at around 11:00 am tomorrow in the national capital, according to MEA.

The Nepal FM is expected to hold talks on multidimensional bilateral issues including trade, transit, border issues, investment, energy, agriculture tourism, COVID-19 cooperation among others, with Jaishankar tomorrow.

He will also meet with high-level dignitaries of India during the three-day visit.

“The Joint Commission is an important mechanism that provides the opportunity of reviewing at a high level the entire gamut of our bilateral partnership and providing political guidance to further enhance the special and unique ties that we enjoy. We look forward to constructive discussions on the numerous sectors that encompass our bilateral agenda,” MEA spokesman Anurag Srivastava said.

“Our position on the boundary issue is well known. Let me say that the JCM and boundary talks are separate mechanisms,” Srivastava added.

Gyawali’s visit to India is significant in the wake of border row between India and Nepal that erupted last year. Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had triggered a border row last year by publishing a new political map that showed the three Indian territories — Limpiyadhura, Kalapani and Lipulekh — as part of Nepal.

The Nepal FM’s visit to India also comes amidst a political crisis in Kathmandu.