Senior officials from Nepal, India review status of bilateral projects

Published On: March 28, 2019 11:49 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, March 28: Senior officials from Nepal and India on Thursday reviewed the status of implementation of the various projects including those pertaining to agriculture, connectivity, railway, waterways and other infrastructure.

During a foreign secretary-level meeting between the two countries held in Kathmandu, the two sides discussed different aspects of Nepal-India relations.

"While expressing satisfaction on the progress made in many areas of cooperation in the past one year, both sides agreed to expedite progress on early resolution of pending issues," read a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi and his Indian counterpart Vijay Gokhale led their respective delegations during the bilateral meeting held at Hotel Annapurna.

In its press release, the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu stated that the meeting reviewed all aspects of wide ranging bilateral partnership and exchanged views on regional and other issues of mutual interest.

"They expressed satisfaction at the substantial progress that has been achieved on bilateral projects and initiatives that were discussed and agreed to during the reciprocal visits of Prime Ministers of Nepal and India in April and May 2018," the embassy said in the press release.

On the occasion, the two foreign secretaries agreed to maintain the momentum in bilateral engagement across diverse sectors of cooperation and to further strengthen the traditionally close, friendly and multifaceted partnership between the two countries, according to the release.

"The visit of foreign secretary is in keeping with the tradition of regular high level exchanges between the two countries," the release further said. Meanwhile, Gokhale called on Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli and Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali on Thursday. During the calls on, matters of mutual interests were discussed, according to the ministry. Foreign Secretary Bairagi also hosted a luncheon in honour of the Indian Foreign Secretary.

"It may be recalled that Foreign Secretaries of Nepal and India have also been following up on the matters agreed during the high level visits through video conference," stated the press release. Gokhale arrived in Kathmandu earlier this morning and is scheduled to return to New Delhi tomorrow.



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