KATHMANDU – The Foreign Secretaries of Nepal and India have begun a delegation-level meeting in the capital today after a one year gap. Foreign Secretary Bharat Raj Paudyal is leading the 11-member Nepali delegation while Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla is leading the Indian delegation comprising 11 members.
All topics related to Nepal-India relations will be discussed in the meeting, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The Nepali delegation is comprised of Joint Secretary duo Sewa Lamsal and Yagya Bahadur Hamal among other officials while the Indian delegation includes Joint Secretary (North) at the Ministry of External Affairs, Arindam Bagchi, India’s Ambassador to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra and embassy officials.
Before this, the two Foreign Secretaries held discussions on various topics of bilateral interest and concern. Joint Secretaries Hamal and Bagchi as well as Ambassador Kwatra were present on the occasion.
Secretary Shringla arrived in Kathmandu today on a two-day visit at the invitation of Secretary Paudyal. The Indian Foreign Secretary was welcomed at the VIP lounge of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) by Secretary Paudyal and high officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador Kwatra along with the embassy senior officials.
Secretary Shringla informed journalists at TIA about the objective of his visit in Nepali: “Bidesh Sachivka rupama Kathmandu aaunda malai atyanta khusi lageko chha, pahile pani ma Kathmandu aeko chhu tara bidesh sachivka rupama mero yo pahilo bhraman ho. Bharat ra Nepal nikatatam mitra hun, hamro maitripurna sambandhalai ajha aghi badhauna ma Nepal aeko hun.
(I am very pleased to come to Kathmandu as the Foreign Secretary, I have come to Kathmandu before as well but this is my first visit in the capacity of Foreign Secretary. India and Nepal are close friends, I have come to Nepal to further enhance our friendly ties.)”
Stating that he will be busy with high-level meetings today and tomorrow, he said he will travel to Gorkha on Friday to inaugurate three school buildings there reconstructed by the Government of India.
The Indian Foreign Secretary informed that 40 thousand houses have been rebuilt in Gorkha as per Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of reconstructing 50 thousand houses. He said the Buddhist Monastery constructed in Manang will also be inaugurated on Friday itself. However, he did not mention whether the monastery will be inaugurated virtually or physically.