Nepal-India talks to focus on hydropower, infrastructure and connectivity

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba welcomes his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi upon his arrival at the helipad constructed near the International Buddhist Prayer Centre and Auditorium in Lumbini, Rupandehi district, on Monday, May 16, 2022. Photo: Sher Bahadur Deuba/Twitter

LUMBINI: A bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will be held in Lumbini this afternoon. The meeting will focus on the construction of hydropower projects, development of physical infrastructure of Nepal and expansion of connectivity.

In the bilateral talks to be held between the delegations headed by both the Prime Ministers, matters related to overall mutual benefits and interests as well as enhancement of trade, tourism, investment and people-to-people relations would be widely discussed.

According to an official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the agendas related to development assistance for infrastructure development of education and health sectors, trade facilitation, mutual benefits, collaboration and partnership promotion will be emphatically raised in the talks.

PM Deuba’s recent-past India visit and memoranda of understanding (MoU) signed on the occasion will be reviewed, according to Nepal’s Ambassador to India Shankar Prasad Sharma said. Likewise, ideas will be exchanged on exploring measures to be adopted for the speedy implementation of the projects and initiatives, Sharma further explained.

“I am hopeful that the agendas related to education, health, connectivity expansion and partnership strengthening in the cultural sector will take the centre stage in the talks”, Ambassador Sharma added.

According to the MOFA, PM Deuba-led delegation comprises ministers for home, foreign affairs, physical infrastructure and transport, energy, culture, tourism and civil aviation, education, science and technology, chief secretary, foreign secretary and Ambassador Sharma among others.

Likewise, PM Modi-led Indian delegation comprises foreign secretary, joint-secretaries of ministry of external affairs and Kathmandu-based chargé d’affaires of Indian Embassy Namgya Khampa.

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