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Nepal stands high on India’s priority list, says Swaraj

Nepal stands high on India’s priority list, says Swaraj
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday said Nepal stands high on the priority list of the new Indian government as she arrived here for a meeting of the Joint Commission, taking place after a gap of 23 years.

‘The meeting for which I have come, you will be surprised to know, it is taking place after 23 years. It reflects that for the new government, Nepal stands high on priority list,’ Swaraj told reporters at the airport soon after her arrival.

She was received at the airport by Nepal’s Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi and given a warm welcome. The Joint Commission meeting will take place on Saturday and will have five clusters - political, security and border issues; economic co-operation and infrastructure; trade and transit; power and water resources; and culture, education and media. ‘I have come here with lot of hopes and expectations and I think through the visit, India-Nepal relations will be further strengthened,’ she said.

She said her visit to Nepal comes within two months of her becoming the External Affairs Minister.
‘This proofs how much Nepal is important for India.’  Her visit is also expected to prepare the ground for a two-day visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi next month. Modi will arrive here on August 3 on a two-day official trip, the first bilateral visit by an Indian premier in over 17 years. In 1997, then Prime Minister I K Gujral had visited Nepal.

The last Indian Prime Minister to visit Nepal was A B Vajpayee in 2002 for a SAARC summit.
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