KATHMANDU, Nov 24: Nepal and India have jointly announced the two-day Nepal visit of Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla beginning November 26. This will be the first visit of the Indian foreign secretary to Nepal since he assumed office.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in Kathmandu said Secretary Shringla is paying a two-day official visit to Nepal at the invitation of his Nepali counterpart Bharat Raj Poudyal. “The visit is in continuation of the regular exchange of high level visits between the two friendly neighbors,” the MoFA said in a statement.
On the first day of the visit, the foreign secretaries of the two countries will hold bilateral meetings and discuss wide ranging areas of cooperation between Nepal and India. The same day the Foreign Secretary of India is scheduled to call on the high level dignitaries of Nepal.
Foreign Secretary Shringla is also scheduled to hand over COVID-19 related support to the Government of Nepal. “The visit is in keeping with the tradition of regular high-level exchanges between the two countries and the priority India attaches to its relations with Nepal,” said Indian Ministry of External Affairs in a press statement on Monday.
The visit of the Indian foreign secretary to Nepal comes at a time when the two countries are engaged in a fresh boundary dispute after Nepal introduced a new political map that includes Kalapani, Lipu Lekh and Limpiyadhura currently held by India. Nepal has been demanding to resolve the issue of boundary dispute through friendly negotiation at the level of foreign secretaries of the two countries as per the historical facts and evidence.