On January 4, 2024, Foreign Minister Dr S. Jaishankar arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal, for a two-day visit.
At the invitation of Nepal’s Foreign Minister, Narayan Prakash Saud, Dr. Jaishankar is in Kathmandu.
Nepal is a priority partner country of India under its ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy, according to the Ministry of External Affairs. The visit is in line with the custom of regular high-level exchanges between the two neighbouring nations, which are renowned for their friendly and cordial ties.
Dr S. Jaishankar in Nepal
The goal of Dr S. Jaishankar, the minister of external affairs, is to expand collaboration between the two nations in several domains, such as commerce, digital payments, and connectivity. Joint Commission Meeting between India and Nepal: Jaishankar and his Nepali colleague, NP Saud, co-chaired the Joint Commission Meeting between India and Nepal.
On January 4, India and Nepal conducted their 7th Joint Commission. The general bilateral ties were the main topic of discussion at the 7th Joint Commission. This primarily covered a wide range of regions, including land and rail. There was also a discussion of issues related to energy, power, water resources, defense cooperation, air connectivity projects, and security.
Nepal and India signed a comprehensive deal for the long-term exchange of electricity as part of the visit. As a result, over the following ten years, Nepal will send 10,000 MW of electricity to India.
During the visit of Foreign Minister Dr S. Jaishankar, three cross-border transmission lines were jointly announced as a significant milestone. In addition, both parties executed agreements in numerous additional domains.
Aside from this, both parties inked agreements in numerous other areas, mostly relating to the execution of significant community development initiatives and term power trading.
After the Jajarkot earthquake, agreements were finalized to transfer the fifth tranche of emergency supplies to Munal Satellite.
The Joint Commission between India and Nepal was founded in 1987. It gives both parties a forum to discuss every facet of their bilateral partnership.
President Ramchandra Paudel and Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ had a courtesy call from External Affairs Minister Jaishankar during his tour.
Dr S. Jaishankar also had a conversation with the Nepal cricket team’s players, wishing them well as they advanced to the T20 World Cup. India guaranteed assistance with their planning.