Nepal and India have signed an agreement whereas India has handed over cheques worth Rs 3.74 billion during the fifth Nepal-India Joint Commission meeting.
Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Indian External Affairs witnessed the signing of the MoU on food safety between the Department of Food Technology and Quality Control of Nepal and Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.
During the occasion, the Indian government handed over a cheque of Rs 2.45 billion towards reimbursement to the Nepal government for the post-earthquake housing reconstruction in Nuwakot and Gorkha districts.
Manjeev Singh Puri, Indian Ambassador to Nepal handed over the cheques to Sushil Gyawali, National Reconstruction Authority CEO and Devendra Regmi, Secretary of Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport.
After the conclusion of the meeting, Indian Minister Jaishankar said on Twitter that it has comprehensively reviewed the bilateral relations and has identified priority areas for cooperation. After the meeting, Gyawali hosted a dinner in honor of the visiting Indian minister.
Jaishankar, the first high-level Indian leader visiting Nepal after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, arrived in Kathmandu around 12:00 pm. He will pay a courtesy call on President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and will leave for New Delhi.