Swaraj's Nepal trip to fo­cus on build­ing CBMs, Modi visit

The Political and Business Daily - - WORLD -

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.

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