India Requests Nepal To Support Her Bid In UNSC

India has requested Nepal for its support in its candidacy to the membership of the UN Security Council.

April 2, 2015, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol. : 08 No.- 18 March. 20 - 2015 (chaitra 6, 2071)

Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar made the request to Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey during a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today.  Jaishankar arrived here today on a two-day official visit.  Nepal‚ India Foreign Secys hold talks RSS reports.

Talking to reporters following the meeting, Minister Pandey said the Indian foreign secretary informed him about India's candidacy in the UNSC and India's expectation for support from Nepal. "In response, I said that Nepal will follow its usual practice in relation to the support in the Security Council election," Minister Pandey said.

The Minister said he also emphasised on the need to set a timetable for implementation of the projects signed between Nepal and India during Indian PM Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's visit to Nepal.

Indian Foreign Secretary Dr S Jaishankar has arrived in Kathmandu on Thursday morning on a two-day official visit.

Foreign Secretary-level talks were held between Nepal and India in the Capital today.

Officiating Foreign Secretary of Nepal Shankar Das Bairagi led the Nepali team in the talks while the Indian team was led by Indian Foreign Secretary Subramanyam Jayshankar who arrived Kathmandu earlier today on a two-day official visit.

The Foreign Secretary-level meeting reviewed the agreement signed between Nepal and India in August 2014 during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and during the visit of Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj.

The team also discussed on the progress made so far in implementation of the projects of bilateral interest and on issues of regional and global concerns including the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

Joint Secretaries at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tara Prasad Pokhrel and Ramesh Prasad Khanal, Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjeet Rae, senior officials at the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu, and senior Nepali officials at Nepali Embassy in New Delhi also took part in the bilateral talks.

Talking to journalists in brief upon his arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, he said the visit is a part of his SAARC entourage and reflects the importance of the Indian government and Prime Minister attach to its relations with Nepal.

"I hope to review progress achieved in our bilateral cooperation following the historic visits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Nepal last year", the Indian External Affairs Secretary said.

He further said India is committed to strengthen her multifaceted and mutually beneficial relationship with Nepal as part of her “neighbourhood first” policy.

"We support the aspirations of the people of Nepal for peace, stability and prosperity", he added.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Indian External Affairs Secretary is scheduled to meet President Dr Ram Baran Yadav, Constituent Assembly (CA) Chairman Subas Chandra Nembang and Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey.  Likewise, the Indian External Affairs Secretary will also hold meeting with his Nepali counterpart Shanker Das Bairagi.

It has been learnt that discussions would also be held regarding the progress on implementation of projects of mutual benefits and bilateral agreements signed during the first Nepal visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

He was received by Joint Secretary of Nepal's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Prakash Kumar Subedi, Indian Ambassador Ranjit Rae and high-placed officials of Indian Embassy.

Indian foreign secretary issued remarks on his arrival said “it is a great pleasure to visit this beautiful city of Kathmandu as part of my SAARC Yatra.  My visit reflects the importance our Government and Prime Minister attach to our relations with Nepal.  I hope to review progress achieved in our bilateral cooperation following the historic visits of PM Narendra Modi to Nepal last year.”

“As part of her “Neighbourhood First” policy, India is committed to strengthen her multifaceted and mutually beneficial relationship with Nepal.  We support the aspirations of the people of Nepal for peace, stability and prosperity,” said Indian foreign secretary.

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