India, Nepal discuss economic partnership, connectivity

India, Nepal discuss economic partnership, connectivity

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Kathmandu, Aug 22: India and Nepal reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations with specific focus on the areas of connectivity and economic partnership, trade and transit, power and water resources sectors, culture and education.

External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and his counterpart Pradeep Kumar Gyawali during the fifth meeting of the Nepal-India Joint Commission here, exchanged views on reviewing the 1950 Treaty of Peace and Friendship and the report of the Eminent Persons Group on Nepal-India Relations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Both sides agreed to an early conclusion of the review of treaties and agreements related to the trade, transit and rail services.

They also agreed to continue upgradation and maintenance of infrastructure and logistic facilities at major border crossing-points for facilitating trade and transit between the two countries.

Matters related to cooperation in international, regional and sub- regional fora were also discussed.

The Joint Commission expressed happiness at the progress made in the bilateral projects, such as Motihari-Amlekhgunj Petroleum Products Pipeline, four segments of Hulaki Roads, and post-earthquake reconstruction of private housing in Nuwakot and Gorkha districts which have been completed.

Noting that inundation is a serious problem for people living in border areas, the Joint Commission underlined the need for addressing inundation issues.

The two Ministers emphasised the importance of tourism in socio-economic development and agreed to enhance their cooperation, particularly in the context of Visit Nepal Year 2020.

The External Affairs Minister apaid a courtesy call on President Bidya Devi Bhandari. (UNI)