Nepal’s Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi, Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri and Nepal’s Ambassador to India Neelambar Acharya were also present on the occasion. Earlier Dr. Jaishankar and his Nepalese counterpart Pradeep Kumar Gyawali co-chaired 5th meeting of India-Nepal Joint Commission on Wednesday. In a tweet Dr. Jaishankar said discussions were productive. He said Joint Commission comprehensively reviewed bilateral relations and identified areas for cooperation. According to a press release issued by Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the main focus was on connectivity and economic partnership; trade and transit; power and water resources and culture and education.
The commission also expressed happiness over momentum generated in overall aspects of Nepal-India relations following the exchange of high-level visits in last two years. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Food Safety and Standards between Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and Department of Food Technology and Quality Control (DFTQC) of Nepal was signed. On this occasion cheques amounting to 3.74 Billion Nepali rupees were handed over towards India’s support for reconstruction of 50,000 houses in Nuwakot and Gorkha districts and Terai Roads Project.
Earlier, soon after arriving Kathmandu, Dr. Jaishankar paid courtesy call on Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli. He also attended a banquet hosted by Nepal’s Minister for Foreign Affairs in his honour. Dr. Jaishankar is scheduled to depart for New Delhi in the evening.