Maiden joint meeting of Nepal-India EPG next week

KATHMANDU: The first joint meeting of the Eminent Persons Group on Nepal-India Relations (EPG-NIR) would be held in Kathmandu on coming July 4 and 5.

The EPG-NIR was established to look into the totality of Nepal-India relations from independent, non-governmental perspectives and suggest measures to further expand and consolidate the close and multifaceted relations between the two countries.

The formation of the group was announced during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Nepal on August 4, 2014.

The maiden meeting would discuss preparation of the agenda and ways to more forward, Coordinator of the EPG from Nepal former Foreign Minister Bhekh Bahadur Thapa said.

The Indian side in the EPG, led by Bhagat Singh Koshyari, is scheduled to arrive in the Capital on July 3. Other members of the EPG from India are former Indian Ambassador to Nepal Jayant Prasad, Prof Mahendra P Lama and Prof BC Upreti.

The EPG members from Nepal include UML Member of Parliament Rajan Bhattarai, former Minister Nilamber Acharya and former Secretary Suryanath Upadhyay.

The EPG-NIR would look into the 1950 Nepal-India Friendship Treaty and other agreements and understandings reached between the two countries and recommend re-signing, updating or annulment of those treaties.

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