Nepal-India Joint Commission meeting kicks off

Kathmandu, Aug 21 (RSS): The fifth meeting of the Nepal-India Joint Commission kicked off in the capital city this evening. The meeting focused on strengthening bilateral economic partnership is also dwelling on cementing Nepal-India relations and boosting economic activities.A senior official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed that the meeting was making review of the entire gamut of bilateral relations in addition to the expansion of connectivity via water, land and air routes between the two countries.Rs 2.45 billion for reconstruction.

During the meeting, the Indian government handed over a cheque of Rs 2.45 billion for the post-quake reconstructions. Indian Ambassador to Nepal, Manjeev Singh Puri, handed over the cheque to Chief Executive Officer at the National Reconstruction Authority, Sushil Gyawali, in the presence of Indian Minister for External Affairs, Subramanyam Jaishanakar and Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali.

Likewise, a cheque of Rs 810 million has been handed over to the Nepal government for the construction of the Postal Highway. A memorandum of understanding on the food safety and standards has been signed between Nepal and India. Director General of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, Rajiv Kumar Jain, and Director General of the Department of Food Technology and Quality Control of Nepal, Matina Joshi Baidya, signed the MoU. The meeting was co-chaired by Foreign Affairs Ministers of Nepal and India. They also led representatives of their respective countries to the meeting.

The meeting is being attended by a 35-member Nepali delegation including Nepal’s Ambassador to India, Chief of India Division at Foreign Ministry and high level officials of the Ministries of Home Affairs, Finance, Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, Agriculture and Livestock Development; Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation; Communications and Information Technology; and Industry Commerce and Supply.
Foreign Minister Gyawali hosted a reception in honour of his Indian counterpart Jaishankar on Wednesday evening itself.