Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar concluded his two-day trip to Nepal, leaving behind significant diplomatic achievements.
The visit, primarily focused on diplomatic relations and developmental issues, saw crucial decisions on various fronts, including an increase in the budget limit for high-impact community development projects and a commitment to boost electricity exports from Nepal to India to 10,000 megawatts over the next decade.
The joint commission meeting resulted in signing several agreements, including a launch service agreement for the Munal satellite and the inauguration of international transmission lines between the two nations.
The financial boost for high-impact community development projects saw a substantial increase from Rs 5 crore to Rs 20 crore, and the joint inauguration of three 132 kV international transmission lines between Nepal and India.
Additionally, relief materials were distributed to earthquake victims in Jajarkot, accompanied by a financial commitment of approximately 100 million rupees from India to aid in post-earthquake reconstruction efforts.
Amidst the diplomatic strides and development-focused dialogues, Foreign Minister Jaishankar engaged with Nepal’s top political leaders and urged a united focus on progress.
However, reports surfaced of Jaishankar expressing displeasure over the simultaneous visit of high-ranking Chinese officials. Despite prior requests to avoid overlap, Deputy Secretary Shi Yugang of the Chinese Communist Party arrived in Nepal during Jaishankar’s visit.