new Delhi. Foreign Minister of Nepal Pradeep Gyawali arrived in New Delhi on Thursday to attend the sixth meeting of the India-Nepal Joint Commission. The Nepal-India Joint Commission is the largest forum for discussion on bilateral relations between the two countries. According to the official information given by the Foreign Ministry regarding the visit, Gyawali will lead the Nepalese delegation to attend the Joint Commission meeting on 15 January. From India, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar will lead the Indian delegation. Before the meeting, the two leaders are also scheduled to meet at Hyderabad House, where the Commission will also meet.
Gyawali may also discuss the boundary issue with the purchase and development cooperation of Kovid-19 vaccines during this period. Gyawali is also scheduled to have some private programs on Thursday. Meanwhile, Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Shrivastava said that India’s stand on the border issue is clear and there is a separate forum to discuss the issues related to it. These topics will not be discussed in the Joint Commission meeting.
It is noteworthy that the Nepali parliament was dissolved by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on 20 December and Gyawali will attend the meeting as the foreign minister of a caretaker government. On the other hand, amidst political developments, China is engaged in a mutual reconciliation between the two factions of the ruling Nepal Communist Party in Nepal. However, India is playing a neutral role. The border issue between India and Nepal briefly soured bilateral relations. The relations between the two countries were again on track with the visit of the RAW Chief, Chief of Army Staff and Foreign Secretary to Kathmandu during October and November. Both countries wanted to hold a joint commission meeting beforehand but this was not possible due to political circumstances.
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