The Fifth Meeting of India-Nepal JointCommission was successfully concluded in Kathmandu today. The meeting was co-chaired byExternal Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar and Nepal’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali. The Joint Commission reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations especially connectivity and economicpartnership; trade and transit; power and water resources and culture and education. The commission expressed happiness overmomentum generated in overall aspects of Nepal-India relations following theexchange of high-level visits in the past two years.
Views were also exchanged on the review of 1950’s Treatyof Peace and Friendship and submission of report of the Eminent Persons Groupon Nepal-India Relations. Matters related to cooperation ininternational, regional and sub- regional fora were also discussed. The JointCommission expressed happiness at the progress made in various bilateral projects. Bothsides agreed to an early conclusion of the review of treaties and agreementsrelated to trade, transit and rail services. Noting that inundation is aserious problem for people living in border areas, the Joint Commissionunderlined the need for addressing inundation issues.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) onFood Safety and Standards between Food Safety and Standards Authority of India(FSSAI) and Departmentof Food Technology and Quality Control (DFTQC) of Nepal was signed andexchanged in the presence of the two Ministers. During the meeting, two cheques for Terai Roads Projectand Post-earthquake Reconstruction Project were also handed over by Ambassadorof India to Nepal, Manjeev SinghPuri to CEOof National Reconstruction Authority and Secretary,Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport of Nepal. On second day of his visit External Affairs Minister will pay acourtesy call on President of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari tomorrow morning.