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Indian foreign minister arrives in Nepal for BIMSTEC summit, meets PM Deuba

STORY: Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived in Nepal on Thursday (August 10) on a two-day visit to participate in the 15th BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) meet.

Swaraj also met Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba after she reached the capital city of Kathmandu.

The meeting of the two leaders comes ahead of Deuba’s visit to India, which is scheduled from August 23.

Swaraj has been accompanied by Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar.

BIMSTEC comprises of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand.

Nepal is the current chair of BIMSTEC.

The main motive of the meet is to finalise the date for the 4th BIMSTEC Summit, which will be held later this year in Nepal.

Established in 1997, BIMSTEC leaders of member countries discuss key issues to boost bilateral ties between the nations.

BIMSTEC consists of 1.5 billion people and has a combined GDP of $2.5 trillion.

Swaraj is on a two-day visit to Nepal and she will also be meeting the country’s President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and leaders of Nepal’s ethnic Madhesi community.

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