2016-03-17
Sushma Swaraj Meets Nepal Prime Minister Ahead Of SAARC Summit

newsimage Sushma Swaraj Meets Nepal Prime Minister Ahead Of SAARC Summit All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: March 17, 2016 13:21 IST by Taboola Sponsored Links Sponsored The MBA Banker Who Survived A Serious Accident (BigDecisions Quiz) Salary Credited! Take the Wise Step Now, Start a SIP (MyUniverse) EMAIL PRINT COMMENTS Sushma Swaraj Meets Nepal Prime Minister Ahead Of SAARC Summit The 37th SAARC Council of Ministers meeting will take place today after which she will also hold bilateral talks with her counterparts from several countries. POKHARA, NEPAL: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj last night held an over hour-long meeting with the Nepalese Prime Minister KP Oli, during which key bilateral issues are understood to have been discussed. Swaraj met Mr Oli at the Shangri-La hotel, following a dinner hosted by South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Secretary General Ajay Bahadur Thapa. The meeting between the two leaders comes ahead of the 37th SAARC Council of Ministers meeting, beginning here today. Interestingly, neither the Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar nor the Indian Ambassador here Ranjeet Ray, besides Joint-Secretary (North) Abhay Thakur were present during the meeting. Though Indian officials described the meeting as a routine call-on, even they were surprised at the duration of over hour-long meeting. The meeting between Ms Swaraj and Mr Oli comes nearly a month after the Nepalese Prime Minister's visit to India. The bilateral ties between the two countries had faced turbulence in the recent past due to the months-long Madhesi agitation and subsequent road-blocks which had put the Nepalese government in a spot. Earlier yesterday, Ms Swaraj arrived here for a three-day visit to attend the SAARC Ministerial meeting during which she will push ahead India's "neighbourhood first" policy and review the progress of decisions taken by the grouping last year. Ms Swaraj arrived here on a Mi17 chopper from Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. The 37th SAARC Council of Ministers meeting will take place today after which she will also hold bilateral talks with her counterparts from several countries. SAARC member states include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.