Sushma Swaraj meets Nepali leaders as joint commission meet starts

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Kathmandu, July 26 (IANS) The third meeting of the Nepal-India Joint Commission at the foreign minstry-level started here Saturday after a hiatus of 23 years. Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who arrived in Kathmandu Friday evening, jointly inaugurated the meeting with her Nepali counterpart, Mahendra Bahadur Pandey. Syed Akbaruddin, spokesman of the Indian external affirs ministry, said that the two sides were working to establish an Eminent Persons Group (EPG) to look into the potential of growth in bilateral relations. The meeting will also focus on the line of credit from India’s EXIM Bank, cooperation in agricultural development, mid-hill highway in the eastern sector, including Sikkim link near Chiyo Bhanjyang, widening of East-West Highway, construction of a bridge over Mahakali river at Mahendranagar, a suspension bridge at Dadeldhura, postal highway and feeder roads, the first and second phases of a rail rail, rolling stock for railways, a and a cricket stadium in Pokhara.


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