Foreign Secretaries Of India, Nepal Hold Talks On Bilateral Cooperation

New Delhi: Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra on Tuesday held talks with his visiting Nepalese counterpart Bharat Raj Paudyal and took stock of the entire spectrum of bilateral cooperation, also covering trade, connectivity, culture and people-to-people relations.

Paudyal is on two-day visit to India from September 13.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the two foreign secretaries noted with appreciation the progress on many projects.

Kwatra and Paudyal also reviewed the implementation of initiatives announced during Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba's visit to India in April and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi's trip to Lumbini in May.

"The foreign secretaries reviewed the entire spectrum of bilateral cooperation between India and Nepal, including economic and commercial cooperation, enhancing connectivity, development cooperation, trade, culture and people-people relations," it said in a statement.

The MEA said the recent progress in bilateral cooperation in power sector, including export of power from Nepal to India, was appreciated by the two foreign secretaries.

"It was also agreed that both sides will work to further strengthen such cooperation in keeping with the joint vision statement on power sector cooperation adopted during the visit of PM of Nepal to India in April," the MEA said.

Both sides also welcomed recent signing of the Memorandums of Understanding between India's NHPC and Investment Board Nepal (IBN) on the development of West Seti and SR-6 projects.