India Nepal pledges to increase cooperation on various areas of cooperation including connectivity, economy, energy, security

India-Nepal: According to the statement of the Ministry of External Affairs, 'The talks were held under the framework of the India-Nepal Joint Commission Meeting (JCM). The Joint Commission reviewed all topics of multidimensional cooperation between the two countries and discussed how to deepen traditionally close and friendly relations.

15th January, 2021

Nepal on Friday requested India to supply an early corona virus vaccine. The two countries discussed various aspects of cooperation including border management, issues related to connectivity, economy, trade, energy, oil and gas, water resources, political and security, border management, development alliances, tourism. Foreign Minister S Jaishankar held a meeting with his Nepalese counterpart Pradeep Kumar Giwali on Friday. Last year, this was the first high-level meeting after relations soured due to border dispute.

According to the statement of the Ministry of External Affairs, 'The talks were held under the framework of the Indo-Nepal Joint Commission Meeting (JCM). The Joint Commission reviewed all topics of multidimensional cooperation between the two countries and discussed how to deepen traditionally close and friendly relations. Nepali diplomatic sources said that Gwali raised the issue of border dispute during a conversation with Jaishankar. The statement of the Ministry of External Affairs said that during the talks, the two sides discussed cooperation on many other important issues including border management.

At the same time, Gwali, while addressing a thought mantra, said that both sides agreed to resolve the boundary question through dialogue. He said that apart from differences on one issue, there has been momentum in the entire relationship. The Foreign Minister of Nepal said that a healthy and cordial relationship between neighbors is very important to 'build trust and promote it'. He said, 'Under this sentiment, we are willing to start a dialogue to resolve the question of demarcation in the remaining areas. I think we can work on it and reach that position.

Gwali, the 1800 km international border between India and Nepal, said that we understand that we should not always maintain pending issues and should not allow them to come in the way of friendly relations. The Foreign Minister of Nepal said that there is an 1800 km international border between India and Nepal and a map has been prepared for most of it jointly. In this regard, work is yet to be completed in a few kilometers. The two sides held detailed discussions on various aspects of cooperation including relations, economy, trade, energy, oil and gas, water resources, political and security issues, border management, development alliances, tourism, education, culture, capacity upgradation.

The statement said that in this after the last meeting of the Joint Commission, it was also considered to take forward a number of bilateral steps. In this meeting, apart from Jaishankar and Giwali, senior officials including Foreign Secretary Harshvardhan Shringla and Foreign Secretary of Nepal Bharat Raj Paudiyal were involved. The ministry said that the two sides also discussed close cooperation in combating the Kovid-19 epidemic in the region. Nepal congratulated India for the remarkable success in producing the Kovishield and Covaxine vaccine and urged Nepal to make the vaccine available soon.

The two sides discussed the extension of the pipeline to Chitwan, calling the Motihari-Amlekhgunj Petroleum Products pipeline a major achievement. Apart from this, he also discussed about setting up a new pipeline in the eastern region between Siliguri and Jhapa in Nepal. The statement of the Ministry of External Affairs said that the two sides welcomed the completion of work on the first passenger rail line between India and Nepal from Jayanagar to Kurtha via Janakpur. The two countries also mentioned that the operational process of starting train services is being finalized. Apart from this, the possibility of Raxaul-Kathmandu broad gauge railway line was also discussed.

Joint Commission stated the need to facilitate the movement of people and goods across the border. It was also mentioned that the coordinated checkposts recently set up at Birganj and Biratnagar have helped in the free movement of people and goods between the two countries. India told that construction of new integrated check post in Bhairawa will be started soon. The two sides also discussed about expediting the joint hydropower project, including the Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project.

According to the statement, 'the two sides exchanged views on issues related to regional, international and sub-regional cooperation. Nepal supported India's permanent membership in the expanded UN Security Council. Both sides agreed to fix the date of the next meeting on the basis of mutual agreement. Foreign Minister of Nepal Pradeep Gwali arrived in India on Thursday on a three-day visit. Gwali will be on a visit to India from 14-16 January. This is the first visit of a senior leader of this country to India after the border dispute emerged due to the controversial new map published last year by the Government of Nepal.

In this disputed map, the Indian territory Limpiyadhura, Kalapani and Lipulekh were shown as part of Nepal. India had lodged a strong objection to this move of Nepal and rejected its claim.

Category: India

#IndiaNepal
#JointCommissionMeeting
#JCM

Reported by:
Khushbu Kumari Jha