News Digest – International Relations & Foreign Affairs (November 26 – December 2)

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Indian foreign secretary arrives: Indian foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla arrived in Nepal on November 26 for a two-day visit. Shringla met with his Nepali counterpart Bharat Raj Paudyal and discussed various aspects of the bilateral relations. Both counterparts agreed on several initiatives and projects and decided to take it forward on mutual cooperation. According to Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali, the visit will “pave the way for more high-level visits” for both the countries.

However, the meeting failed to address the boundary issues. The highlight of the sessions was that both sides have agreed to restore friendly relations. India has also tried to “enhance the bilateral ties” using the pandemic. Shringla added that Nepal and other neighbours of India are unspoken “priorities” of India to make the vaccine accessible.

Chinese envoy visits Kathmandu: Chinese Defence Minister and State Councillor Wei Fenghe arrived in Kathmandu on November 29 for a one-day visit soon after Indian Foreign Secretary left. While Nepal hosts representatives from both its neighbours, it is mired up in its own domestic politics. Wei shared that his visit was to boost bilateral ties and ‘enhance mutual military assistance’.

Foreign Minister to visit Delhi: Nepali Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali is set to visit New Delhi in December to participate in the Sixth Meeting of Nepal-India Joint Commission. This visit is expected to revive the Nepal-India frayed ties and restore the friendly relations after over a year’s boundary dispute.

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