Minister Mahat meets New Zealand counterpart in Wellington

KATHMANDU: Minister for Foreign Affairs Prakash Sharan Mahat on Monday held a meeting with his New Zealand counterpart Murray McCully, in Wellington, New Zealand on Monday.

The two ministers were engaged in an hour-long talk in the first ministerial level meeting between the two countries.

Minister Mahat expressed that they had an interesting and important talk.

Mahat further informed that they had discussions related to extension of mutual relations, cooperation, aid, educational grants among others.

According to Mahat, the New Zealand Minister said he could help Nepal by providing educational grant and scholarship and also help in animal farming, agriculture and dairy industry in the country.

During the meeting, Foreign Minister McCully said New Zealand was also interested in investing and cooperating in hydropower in Nepal.

Meanwhile, Mahat drew McCully's attention to a problem of Nepalis that they needed to go to India to get visas of New Zealand.

In response, McCully answered that his country would cooperate with Australia in this regard.