Swaraj meets Nepal PM ahead of 15th BIMSTEC meeting

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India’s External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday met Prime Minister of Nepal Sher Bahadur Deuba in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Swaraj is on a state visit to Nepal to attend the 15th Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi- Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Ministerial Summit to be held on Thursday evening.

The Indian Mission in Nepal has also informed that before taking part in the ceremony, Swaraj also meet Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari.
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“The following day (after the inauguration), the ministerial meeting will review the progress and achievements in the identified fourteen areas of cooperation and will discuss on the ways to accelerate the cooperation under the BIMSTEC process,” a release from Nepal’s Foreign Ministry said earlier.

The BIMSTEC is a sub-regional grouping comprising of seven countries of South Asia and South East Asia. These are: Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal. Nepal is the current Chair.

The fourteen areas of cooperation include trade and investment, transport and communication, energy, tourism, technology, fisheries, agriculture, public health, poverty alleviation, counter-terrorism and transnational crime, environment and natural disaster management, culture, people to people contact, climate change. Each area is led by a country and every member participates through various activities to enhance cooperation.