July 05, 2017
Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs of India, to visit Nepal in August 2017 to participate in a meeting of BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) foreign ministers that will finalize the date for the grouping’s fourth summit. The BIMSTEC foreign ministers meeting will be held in Kathmandu.
Swaraj received invitation from BIMSTEC ministerial during the visit of Nepal’s Foreign Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara. She confirmed her participation in the meeting during talks with Mahara.
Mahara and Swaraj, both leaders reviewed and discussed a wide range of matters, including development cooperation, trade and transit, cross-border infrastructure and hydropower projects.
Nepal is the current chair of the BIMSTEC and will convene the grouping’s fourth summit in Kathmandu later this year. The meeting of the BIMSTEC foreign ministers is likely to finalise the date for the fourth summit and to assess and review progress made by the grouping.