S Jaishankar during his visit to Kathmandu in September, 2015. Photo: Republica
KATHMANDU, Aug 21: Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar is arriving in Kathmandu to attend the Fifth Meeting of the Nepal-India Joint Commission which is beginning later in the afternoon today.
Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs of India will co-chair the meeting, leading their respective delegations.
The Joint Commission Meeting will review the overall state of bilateral relations, and various areas of cooperation such as connectivity and economic partnership, trade and transit, power and water resources sectors, culture, education and other matters of mutual interest, according to a statement issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Nepal-India Joint Commission was established in June 1987. Its meetings are held alternately in Nepal and India. The last meeting of the Joint Commission was held in New Delhi in October 2016.
During the visit, the Minister of External Affairs of India will pay courtesy calls on President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Gyawali will host a dinner in honour of the External Affairs Minister of India.
He is scheduled to call on PM Oli today afternoon ahead of the Joint Commission meeting.