Indian Foreign Secretary holds courtesy meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister Paudyal

Foreign Secretary of India Vinay Mohan Kwatra paid a courtesy call on Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Bimala Rai Paudyal at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singha Durbar today.

In the meeting, they discussed on various topics related to bilateral cooperation. Minister Paudyal said they discussed topics as enhancing the development cooperation by further strengthening the bilateral ties. She added that they also talked on the new international air route for the Gautam Buddha and Pokhara International Airport.

Mainly topics like increasing development assistance in Nepal, creating investment-friendly environment, resolving problems seen in connectivity and bilateral trade and promotion of power trade, among others, also figured during the meeting.

During the meeting, Minister Paudyal also proposed forming a mechanism for a single voice of the South Asian nations in the international forums regarding the climate change issues.

The Indian Foreign Secretary is on a two-day official visit to Nepal at the invitation of Foreign Secretary Bharat Raj Paudyal. He arrived here today.

Foreign Secretary Kwatra participated in the Secretary-level meeting immediately after arriving in Nepal.

In the meeting the Foreign Secretary duo discussed on various aspects of the multi-dimensional collaboration between Nepal and India, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

On the occasion, they discussed on various topics of bilateral cooperation, including in connectivity, power trade, agriculture, health, culture, among others.

This is Kwatra’s first visit to Nepal after assuming the responsibility of Foreign Secretary of India.

India’s Ministry of External Affairs said that this visit is taking place in line with the priority attached by India to its relations with Nepal under the ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy and in keeping with the tradition of regular high-level exchanges between the two countries.(RSS)