Kathmandu, March 18

Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj today made a phone call to congratulate Nepal’s newly elected Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali.

In a congratulatory letter, the Indian minister expressed her confidence that the bilateral relations between Nepal and India would further strengthen during his tenure, the Embassy of India in Nepal tweeted in its official micro-blogging site.

Swaraj assured that India would continue to partner Nepal in its pursuit towards accelerated development.

Meanwhile, Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release, saying Indian EAM Sushma Swaraj expressed confidence that the historically close and cordial relations between Nepal and India would be further strengthened in the areas of socio-economic development during the tenure of Gyawali.

Likewise, China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi has extended warm felicitations to  Gyawali on his appointment as the foreign minister and expressed desire to work closely towards further deepening the bilateral relations between the two countries in mutually beneficial areas. This was stated in a press release issued by Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign  Affairs.