Nepal and India discuss issues of bilateral and mutual interests

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Nepal and India discussed issues relating to bilateral and mutual interests during the foreign minister level talks in New Delhi.

At the invitation of his Indian counterpart Vinay Mohan Kwatra, Nepalese Foreign Minister Bharat Raj Poudyal arrived in New Delhi and held the bilateral talks at Hyderabad House on Tuesday, where the two sides discussed a wide range of questions and issues related to mutual interests and concerns, according to statements issued by New Delhi and Kathmandu.

The Foreign Ministers discussed several areas of cooperation between Nepal and India covering trade, transit, connectivity, infrastructure, power sector, irrigation and flooding, agriculture, investment, development cooperation, health sector cooperation, culture and people-to-people relations, among others, said a statement released by the Nepalese Embassy in New Delhi.

“They reviewed the progress of discussions held during the high-level visits of Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to India from April 1-3 and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Lumbini, Nepal on May 16. Secretaries discussed ways to build on the momentum generated by these visits. They also discussed cooperation in multilateral forums,” the statement added.

Kwatra and Poudyal also expressed their satisfaction with the progress made in different areas, including the electricity sector, construction of the transmission line, rail connectivity, construction of ICPs, motorized bridge and other important infrastructure. .

They also discussed expeditiously concluding the transit treaty, including its protocol and memorandum to the protocol, and accelerating the revision of the trade treaty, the statement released by the Nepalese side said.

Issues related to the supply of fertilizers, the lifting of restrictions on the export of wheat, sugar, paddy and rice were also on the agenda.

Nepal expects to receive fertilizers from India on a yearly basis and is requesting waiver of some essential items whose export India banned following the war between Russia and Ukraine.

Recalling the results of the high-level visits, the two sides discussed a seamless power trade under a mutually beneficial agreement, according to the statement issued by the Nepalese side, the two foreign ministers also discussed border issues.

In this regard, they exchanged views on the completion of border works on the remaining segments through established bilateral mechanisms, the Nepali statement added.

Similarly, according to the Indian statement, two foreign ministers reviewed the entire spectrum of bilateral cooperation between India and Nepal, including economic and trade cooperation, improved connectivity, development cooperation, trade, culture and interpersonal relations.

“Recent progress in bilateral cooperation in the power sector, including the export of electricity from Nepal to India, has been appreciated. It was also agreed that the two parties would endeavor to further strengthen this cooperation in line with the joint vision statement on cooperation in the power sector adopted during the visit of the Prime Minister of Nepal to India in April 2022. Both parties welcomed the recent signing of the MoUs. between NHPC, India and IBN, Nepal on the development of the West Seti and SR-6 projects,” the statement read.

During the meeting, in terms of connectivity projects, the progress made in operationalizing the Kurta-Bijalpura segment of the Jayanagar-Bardibas rail link and the Bathnaha-Nepal Custom Yard segment of the Jogbani-Biratnagar rail link, which are milestones in strengthening people- people bonds, was noted with satisfaction.

“The Nepalese side appreciated the Covid-19 assistance provided by India during the pandemic and also thanked the Indian side for keeping the commercial supply lines open even during the peak of the lockdown,” said one. statement issued by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. Business.

In order to further strengthen people-to-people ties, the two sides agreed to make rapid progress on the project proposals for the Ramayana Circuit, the ministry said.

The two sides also agreed to swiftly implement the extension of the pipeline from Amlekhgunj to Chitwan and the construction of an LPG pipeline from Motihari to Chitwan, the Indian statement added.

Poudyal is due to visit Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar on Wednesday.

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