India, Nepal move ahead on power treaty

Written by Press Trust of India | Kathmandu | Updated: Jul 28 2014, 06:53am hrs
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 Nepals 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.