SM Krishna meets Nepal Deputy Premier; discusses bilateral ties

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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