Nepal-India Joint Commission agrees to expedite cooperation

KATHMANDU: High officials of Nepal and India have successfully concluded the fourth session of Nepal-India Joint Commission in New Delhi on Thursday.

In the meeting, they agreed to expedite Nepal post-earthquake reconstruction projects, cross-border rail links, integrated check-posts, cross-border transmission line projects, hydro-power project, cross-border oil pipeline under the mutual cooperation, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nepal.

The session was co-chaired by the Minister of State for External Affairs of India MJ Akbar and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nepal Prakash Sharan Mahat.

Meanwhile, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs also issued a statement and informed that the officials of two countries reviewed the decision of the last session and assessed the implementation of decisions made during the recent visits of Nepal’s Prime Ministers and Indian PM Narendra Modi's Nepal visit in 2014.

The officials discussed issues of bilateral partnership and reviewed views exchanged on sub-regional, regional and international issues, the statement read.

Similarly, it reviewed the progress of projects covered under the Lines of Credits, and agreed to expedite their implementation agreeing to monitor the road construction and other infrastructural developments to be made in Nepal.

Nepal’s Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi and his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar also attended the meeting.

The meeting of the Commission was preceded by a preparatory meeting at the senior official’s level on Wednesday.

The third session of the Joint Commission was held in Kathmandu in July 2014. The next session would be held in Nepal at mutually convenient dates, the ministries informed.