The foreign ministers of Nepal and India have agreed to work together in the fight against coronavirus and tackle the challenges posed by the COVID-19 virus on the lives and livelihoods of peoples of both countries.

During a one-on-one meeting on the sidelines of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Nepali Foreign Affairs Minister Narayan Khadka and Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar agreed to work in tandem in the fight against the pandemic. During the meeting, the two ministers discussed various matters of bilateral and multilateral affairs and exchanged views on further promoting cooperation between the two countries.

Foreign Minister Khadka also thanked the Government of India for its continued cooperation in the socio-economic development of Nepal.

Later, Minister Khadka visited the office of the Consulate General of Nepal in New York. He instructed officials at the Consulate General to deliver consular services efficiently and promote economic diplomacy by prioritising export trade, investment and tourism. Minister Khadka also attended an interaction with the Nepali diaspora co-organised by the office of the Consulate General, Non-Resident Nepali Association and Nepali community organisations later in the afternoon.

He underscored the role of NRNs in Nepal's socio-economic development, largely in the sectors of investment, culture and tourism promotion, and urged them to contribute to Nepal's development efforts.

Issuing a press release, the Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations in New York also stated that the foreign minister will address the general debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly tomorrow afternoon.

A version of this article appears in the print on September 28 2021, of The Himalayan Times.