KATHMANDU: Wrapping her two-day visit, Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh has returned to India on Sunday. During her visit to India she held parleys with President, Chairperson of the Interim Election Government and top leaders of major political parties among others.
Taking to journalists before boarding place after concluding her Nepal visit, Singh reiterated her country’s support for the Constituent Assembly (CA) election scheduled for November 19 and expressed her hope that the election would take place as scheduled.
She also pledged logistical support for the election as sought by the Government of Nepal. Singh hoped that the historical Nepal-India relations would be “a matter of highest priority” for the Government of India.
During her stay in Nepal she called on President Ram Baran Yadav, Chairman of Interim Election Government Khil Raj Regmi and Home Minister Madhav Prasad Ghimire on Sunday. The Indian foreign secretary on Saturday met Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala and CPN-UML Chairman Jhala Nath Khanal.
During her meetings, Chairman Regmi briefed the Indian foreign secretary about the current political situation and preparations for the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) polls. Similarly, she also discussed bilateral relations, expansion of mutual cooperation and contemporary situation of Nepal.
Singh’s visit is being considered meaningful at a time when when President Yadav himself is making efforts to persuade Baidya-led CPN-Maoist onboard the CA election process.
Meanwhile, former Prime Minister of JapanYukio Hatoyama called on Chairperson of the Council of Ministers, Khil Raj Regmi, at Singha Durbar on Sunday.
During the meeting, former prime minister of Japan, Yukio, reminded that the relations between Japan and Nepal evolved since the formal diplomatic ties were set up in 1956. Japan is always ready to extend help to Nepal as per its needs, he added.
On the occasion, Chairman Regmi appreciated Japan’s assistance in the sector of education, rural roads and social development, according to Spokesperson at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Mahendra Bahadur Thapa.
Meanwhile, Ambassador of Myanmar to Nepal U Aye Khaing called on Chairman Regmi today. Spokesperson Thapa said that Ambassador Khaing opined relations between Nepal and Myanmar needed to be strengthened further to promote bilateral interest.
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