KATHMANDU, June 26: The first meeting of the Eminent Persons Group on Nepal-India Relations (EPG-NIR) is to be held in Kathmandu on coming July 4 and 5.
The EPG-NIR was established to look into the totality of Nepal-India relations from independent, non-governmental perspectives and suggest measures to further expand and consolidate the close and multifaceted relations between the two countries. The formation of the group was announced during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Nepal on August 4, 2014.
The first meeting will discuss about preparation of the agenda and ways to more forward, Coordinator of the EPG of Nepal former Foreign Minister Bheikh Bahadur Thapa said. The Indian EPG led by its Coordinator Bhagat Singh Koshiyari will arrive to the capital on July 3. Other members of the Group are former Indian Ambassador to Nepal Jayant Prasad, and Prof Duo Mahendra P Lama and BC Upreti.
Other members of the Nepali EPG include UML Member of Parliament Dr Rajan Bhattarai, former Minister Nilamber Acharya, and former Secretary Suryanath Upadhyay. The EPG-NIR will look into the 1950 Nepal-India friendship treaty and other agreements and understandings reached between the two countries and recommend re-signing, updating or annulment of those treaties. RSS