Thursday, 5th March 2015

Swaraj arrives in Kathmandu

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Indian Minister for External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj has arrived in Kathmandu on her three-day official visit to Nepal on Friday evening.

Indian Minister for External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, arrives in Kathmandu on a three-day official visit, Friday. NN/RHSwaraj will participate in the meeting of Nepal-India Joint Commission scheduled to begin on Saturday. Swaraj is leading a 23-member delegation to the Commission's meeting going to be held after 23 years. The Commission is the supreme body to see the matters of Nepal-India relations.

Talking with journalists upon her arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Swaraj said she is happy to be here within two months of the formation of a new government in India.

"Nepal is always on India's top priority," the Indian Foreign Minister said. "I am hopeful that the Commission meeting will be fruitful in strengthening our bilateral ties."

The Commission meeting is expected to feature politics, security and border dispute. Nepali side will further inform the Indian side about the long-standing border disputes in Kalapani and Susta, it is learnt.

"Tomorrow's meeting will chiefly focus on issues of political, economic and mutual interests," said Dipak Dhital, spokesperson at Nepal's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During her stay in Nepal, Swaraj is scheduled to meet the President, Vice President, Prime Minister and key leaders of major political parties. Swaraj is in Nepal also as a preparation to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's official visit to Nepal in early August.



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