Kathmandu, Delhi announce Indian foreign secretary’s visit to Nepal on November 26-27The visit is in continuation of the tradition of regular high-level exchanges between the two countries, foreign ministries of Nepal and India say.
Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla will pay an official visit to Nepal on November 26-27, foreign ministries of Nepal and India announced on Monday.
“At the cordial invitation of Foreign Secretary Bharat Raj Paudyal, the Foreign Secretary of India, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, is paying a two-day official visit to Nepal from November 26 to 27,” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday. “The visit is in continuation of the regular exchange of high level visits between the two friendly neighbours.”
In a statement, India’s Ministry of External Affairs said the Shringla’s visit to Nepal, first since he assumed charge, is in keeping with the tradition of regular high-level exchanges between the two countries and the priority India attaches to its relations with Nepal.
Shringla’s visit to Nepal follows two recent high-level visits from India–by Indian Army chief Manoj Mukunda Naravane earlier this month and Samant Goel, chief of India’s external intelligence agency in the third week of October.
After months-long pause in bilateral visits and dialogue in the wake of souring tensions between Nepal and India especially over the boundary issues, there are some growing signs of rapprochement between the two countries.
According to the Foreign Ministry, on the first day of the visit, the foreign secretaries of the two countries will hold a bilateral meeting and discuss wide-ranging areas of cooperation between Nepal and India.
“The same day the foreign secretary of India is scheduled to call on the high level dignitaries of Nepal,” said the Foreign Ministry in a statement. “He will also hand over Covid-19-related support to the government of Nepal.”
Shringla will return to New Delhi on November 27.
The Indian Ministry of External Affairs said the visit will be an opportunity to further advance bilateral ties.
“India has historical and civilization linkages with Nepal,” said the ministry. “In recent years, bilateral cooperation has strengthened, with several major infrastructure and cross-border connectivity projects completed with India’s assistance.”