Although the bilateral ties between the two countries marked a new low in the past ten months, the relationship is expected to normalize with the visit of Indian Foreign Secretary Shringla later this month, officials said.
The Indian foreign secretary is scheduled to hold official bilateral talks with his counterpart Bharat Raj Paudyal, and call on President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Prime Minister Oli and Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali during his sojourn.
“Shringla’s conversations in Nepal are also expected to lead both sides to finalize the schedule for the meeting of the Joint Technical Level Boundary Committee,” the Hindustan Times quoted an official as saying. However, the visit will not be focused only on resolving boundary disputes.
“This is not a single-agenda visit,” a senior Indian diplomat has been quoted in the report as saying, pointing out that the visit could see India committing to help Nepal with coronavirus vaccines once its production begins.
Also, the two sides will discuss the much-talked-about Pancheshwar Multi-purpose Project. Likewise, there will be discussions on the status of the India-funded projects.
The Indian foreign secretary’s visit will also prepare groundwork for the seventh Nepal-India Joint Commission (JC) meeting which is likely to take place next month, officials said. The JC meeting will be co-chaired by the foreign ministers of the two countries.