An eight-member Nepalese delegation, spearheaded by Chairman Raj Kishore Yadav of the Parliamentary Committee on International Relations and Tourism, engaged in crucial discussions with India’s External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, on Friday. The talks aimed at deepening cooperation and fostering closer linkages between the two nations.
In a social media update, Dr. Jaishankar expressed satisfaction with the productive discussion, stating, “Pleased to meet a Nepali Parliamentary delegation led by Chairman Raj Kishor Yadav. A good discussion on our deepening cooperation and closer linkages. Appreciate the broad-based sentiment in the delegation in favour of stronger cooperation.”
The Nepalese team was also welcomed at Hyderabad House, where the Minister of State for External Affairs hosted them. The official Twitter account of the Minister of State for External Affairs shared, “Happy to host Parliamentary Committee on International Relations & Tourism of Nepal led by Hon’ble MP Mr Raj Kishor Yadav at Hyderabad House, New Delhi. Value positive momentum in India-Nepal relationship & recognize importance of continued Parliamentary exchanges.”
Earlier on wednesday, the delegation met Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, who hailed Nepal as a strategic partner and expressed optimism about the enduring strength of the bilateral ties.
The delegation, comprising members Sunita Baral, Chhiring Bahadur Lhamu Lama Tamang, Yakaman Thapalia, Yogesh Gauchan, Hari Upreti, Shishir Khanal, and Gangaram Chaudhary, is visiting India from January 30 to February 6, responding to an invitation from India’s corresponding Parliamentary Committee.
During their stay, the Nepali Embassy has provided suggestions for the delegation to communicate with the Indian side effectively. Key agenda items include facilitating the easy availability of SIM cards for Nepali citizens, advocating for fair fees in educational institutes for Nepalese students, and addressing the issue of human trafficking.
The visit, initiated with a warm welcome at Delhi Airport by the Chief Protocol Officer of the Indian Parliament and the Joint Secretary of the Indian Parliament, underscores the significance of advancing bilateral relations between Nepal and India.