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India, Nepal committed to take bilateral relationships to further heights: MEA Joint secretary


India and Nepal are committed to take their bilateral relationships to further heights. Briefing media on Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari’s visit to India starting tomorrow, Joint secretary in the External Affairs ministry Mr Sudhakar Dalela said Ms Bhandari is arriving New Delhi at the invitation of President Pranab Mukherjee.

He said Mrs Bhandari will have delegation level talks on Tuesday. Mr Dalela said India and Nepal have air services agreement and both the countries are quite open to improve it also the work on two rail links Biratnagar and Jaynagar are being implemented out of five rail links. He said the energy cooperation between the two countries is witnessing a new high.

During the visit, President of Nepal will meet with President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Apart from official engagements in New Delhi, the President of Nepal will also be visiting some temples.

This is the first state visit of the President of Nepal after assuming office of the President in October 2015. The visit reflects the priority that both the nations attach to further strengthening of their age-old, unique, wide-ranging partnership, underpinned by shared historical and cultural linkages and strong people-to-people connections.

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