Thursday, 5th March 2015

PM Koirala to meet Indian PM in Myanmar

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Prime Minister Sushil Koirala is scheduled to meet his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the third BIMSTEC Summit to be be held in Naypyidaw, the capital of Myanmar on Tuesday.

PM Koirala, who reached Myanmar on Monday to participate in the third BIMSTEC Summit as part of his first multilateral visit abroad, is expected to renew his invitation to his Indian counterpart to visit Nepal during the meeting.

In the meeting, both sides will also review the status of bilateral relations as well as discuss the overarching priority of concluding the peace process in Nepal  and completion of drafting a new constitution within a year, reports said.

During the visit, Koirala is also scheduled to talk with various dignitaries including Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Similarly, Foreign Minister Mahendra Pandey will also separately meet with his Indian counterpart Salman Khurshid in Myanmar.

According to Indo-Asian News Service (IANS), besides discussing other issues, the two ministers will touch upon the topic of convening the meeting of the joint commission at the foreign minister level at the earliest which is an apex body looking into bilateral relations and projects

PM Koirala is leading a 15-member delegation to the third BIMSTEC Summit, which will witness signing of three important documents along with evaluation of the past progress.

The signing ceremony will pave way for establishing a weather forecasting division in New Delhi, India; establishment of permanent secretariat in Dhaka, Bangladesh and setting up of a cultural centre in Thimpu, Bhutan.

The BIMSETC stands for Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation. Its member states include Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar.

According to reports, the prospect of finalising a free trade agreement among the member states, promotion of tourism, greater connectivity within the regional grouping and tackling climate change are on the agenda.

After the summit, Nepal will chair the regional grouping as well to convene the fourth summit of BIMSTEC member states.



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