Indian Foreign Secretary arrives in Kathmandu on two-day visit
March 28, 2019 10:13 AM NPT
KATHMANDU, March 28: Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale arrived in Kathmandu on a two-day official visit to Nepal on Thursday morning.
Gokhale is scheduled to hold delegation-level talks with his counterpart Shanker Das Bairagi today 11 am at Hotel Annapurna.
During the meeting, the two sides will make a comprehensive review on the status of India-funded ongoing projects in Nepal including cross-border railways, inland water ways, post-earthquake reconstruction, Arun III project, Pancheshwor Multipurpose project and Upper Karnali project, officials said. Similarly, the two foreign secretaries will dwell on regional issues including terrorism and stalled SAARC process.
The meeting is expected to ensure smooth execution of old and new agreements and understandings reached between India and Nepal.
To resolve outstanding issues on the India-supported projects in Nepal, the foreign secretaries of Nepal and India have already held three video-conferences.
During the foreign secretary-level talks, the two sides will review the work progress made during the meetings of Nepal-India Oversight Mechanism in the past.
He is also paying separate calls on Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali later in the afternoon.
Officials believe that the visit is a good opportunity for both the sides to review and assess the past commitments that were made during the visits of Prime Minister KP Oli to India and Indian PM Narendra Modi to Nepal last year.
The visits comes at a time when the two countries are failing to reach consensus on holding the fifth meeting of the Joint Commission at foreign ministers’ level in Kathmandu, which was supposed to be held in mid-February.
Wrapping up his visit, the Indian foreign secretary is returning home tomorrow morning.