SM Krishna meets Nepal Deputy Premier; discusses bilateral ties
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 18:08
  
Kathmandu: India on Wednesday affirmed its commitment to Nepal's peace process and Constitution-drafting during talks between External Affairs Minister SM Krishna and Deputy Premier Bharat Mohan Adhikary that also covered bilateral economic cooperation.

Krishna, who is here on a three-day visit, and Adhikary, also Nepal's Finance Minister, discussed the entire gamut of Nepal-India relations during their talks here.

Issues like economic cooperation, trade and investment, Nepal's peace process and Constitution-drafting figured prominently during the meeting.

India renewed its commitment to Nepal's peace process and Constitution-drafting, Foreign Secretary Madan Kumar Bhattarai, who was also present during the talks, said.

The two sides agreed to further strengthen bilateral relations and expand trade and investment, he said.

During the meeting, the two leaders also took stock of various agreements reached during then Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal's visit to India in August 2009, Bhattarai said.

They agreed to activate the bilateral mechanism in order to expand mutual cooperation and trade.

Krishna is also scheduled to meet Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal and President Ram Baran Yadav.

The External Affairs Minister would also hold talks with Sushil Koirala, President of Nepali Congress, and other senior leaders of various political parties during his visit.

Besides, he would hold discussions with representatives of Indian Joint Ventures operating their businesses in Nepal during his meeting with the Nepal-India Chamber of Commerce and Industries tomorrow.

Krishna would also visit Birgunj where he would lay down the foundation stone of an Integrated Check Post and Terai Fast Track Road, which are being built under Indian assistance.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 18:08


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