Swaraj's Nepal trip to focus on building CBMs, Modi visit
EXTERNAL Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's Nepal trip will focus on confidence building measures, strengthening bilateral ties and preparing the ground for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the country.
Swaraj is arriving here tomorrow evening on a three-day official visit at the invitation of her Nepalese counterpart Mahendra Pandey. This will be her first visit to Nepal after assuming office.
After a gap of 23 years, India and Nepal will hold a Joint Commission meeting to discuss key politi- cal, security and border issues for which Swaraj is travelling to the country.
This trip is mainly for confidence building measures, strengthening bilateral ties and preparing the ground for Prime Minister Modi's upcoming visit, Nepalese Foreign Minister Pandey told PTI ahead of Swaraj's visit.
Modi is expected to visit Nepal in the first week of August if everything goes well, according to Foreign Ministry sources here.
The entire gamut of bilateral relations between Nepal and India including water resources, hydropower, security, trade and transit, economic cooperation and border issues will come up during the meeting between Swaraj and her counterpart scheduled to take place in Kathmandu on Saturday.
The first and second Joint Commission Meetings took place in Kathmandu and Delhi in 1988 and 1991 respectively. There has been no such meeting since the second meeting held in Delhi. The NepalIndia Joint Commission Meeting is mainly aimed at resolving political issues between the two countries and harmonising bilateral relations, Pandey said.