Nepal’s envoy to India Nilamber Acharya has said that India and Nepal have “enormous goodwill” and “close friendship at a high political level.” Speaking to Wion media, Acharya said, foreign minister of Nepal will visit India for the joint commission meet, a visit that will “give impetus for further development of our extensive relations.”
One of the key focuses during the visit will be on covid-19 vaccine even as India has given approval to two vaccines over the weekend. The Nepali envoy during his interview congratulated “India and its scientists” for their “achievements leading to the production of affordable vaccines suitable to our countries.”
On asking about India-Nepal ties, Acharya said, “India-Nepal ties are historical, time-tested, exemplary, and ever-growing. There are enormous goodwill and close friendship at a high political level. We are very close neighbors and friends with a common way of life and share many values from spiritual to political, civilizational to religious, ancient to modern. There have been some differences and issues to be resolved. As good friends we agree to sort out and resolve them through dialogue.”
Acharya also congratulated India and its scientists for their achievements. She said, “Our cooperation against Covid-19 has been beneficial for us. It will grow. I congratulate India and its scientists for their achievements leading to the production of affordable vaccines suitable to our countries. We have received India’s assurances and expect the early availability of vaccines produced in India to meet the needs of Nepal.”
“India is a permanent development partner for Nepal,” said Acharya when asked about India’s partnership with Nepal. “From highways to hydropower, cross-border railways, inland container depots (ICDs), integrated check posts (ICPs) to cross-border transmission lines, India has always remained the partner for Nepal’s development,” he said.
“India is Nepal’s largest trading partner, one of the largest investors, and the largest source country for inbound tourists. India is the major transit route for Nepal’s trade overseas trade through Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam ports,” he added.
Recently, Foreign Secretary of India Harsh Vardhan Shringla visited Nepal. Just before him, Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane visited Nepal to receive the honorary rank of General of Nepal Army. In the last week of December, a high-powered delegation led by the power secretary of Nepal visited India.
“Good to see that high-level visits have resumed after an interval due to some difficulties of Covid time and others,” said Acharya.
He said that Nepal is working on the visit of the Foreign Minister and foreign minister-level Joint Commission meeting in India as it will give “impetus for further development of our extensive relations.”
“We have good prospects and the overall environment is improving. We have just ushered in the year 2021, the days ahead will unfold the details about the level of exchanges and visits. We are optimistic,” Acharya concluded saying.
The visit by Nepal FM Pradeep Gyawali will be the first such high profile visit from Kathmandu to India in over a year. Last year, a number of high-level visits from New Delhi to Nepal happened as both sides showed the intent to firm up ties.

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