India, Nepal move ahead on power treaty

Jul 28 2014, 01:23 IST
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SummaryExternal affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday described her three-day visit to Nepal as “very successful” during which the two neighbours agreed to finalise the text of a power trade deal and “review and adjust” a crucial treaty of 1950 to reflect the current realities.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday described her three-day visit to Nepal as “very successful” during which the two neighbours agreed to finalise the text of a power trade deal and “review and adjust” a crucial treaty of 1950 to reflect the current realities.

“I am highly satisfied with my visit to Nepal and the visit was more successful than expected,” Swaraj said talking briefly to media persons at the Tribhuvan International Airport here. “I had come here with high expectations and aspirations and the visit turned to be much more successful than I had expected earlier,” Swaraj said.

“I have already said that the visit would strengthen Nepal-India relations and we have prepared a full roadmap for the purpose,” she said. Swaraj said both sides removed hurdles and agreed to step up cooperation in a number of key areas.

During her visit, Swaraj met Nepal’s top leaders including president Ram Baran Yadav and prime minister Sushil Koirala.

Swaraj was in Nepal to co-chair the meeting of the Indo-Nepal Joint Commission (JC) which was held after a gap of 23 years and to prepare the ground for the two-day official visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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