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Remarks by Foreign Secretary on Arrival Kathmandu, November 26, 2011

November 26, 2011


It is a great pleasure for me to be in your beautiful country. This is only my first visit to Kathmandu after assuming charge of Foreign Secretary of India.  My current visit is to prepare for the visit of our Finance Minister, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, who will be arriving in Kathmandu tomorrow.  The Finance Minister and Finance Minister of Nepal are to sign the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) which will replace the old Agreement signed in 1987.  I will be accompanying the Indian Finance Minister in his meetings with the leaders of Nepal.
          I look forward to meeting the Chief Secretary of Nepal, Mr. Madhav Ghimire to review progress in the implementation of the agenda agreed upon during the recent visit of the Prime Minister of Nepal to India, and of ways to expand and strengthen our bilateral ties.  Our Prime Ministers met again in the Maldives and agreed that action should be taken to take forward bilateral cooperation.
          India has an abiding interest in the peace, stability and prosperity of Nepal, and this motivates our wish to expand the cooperation between our two nations.
          I do hope to make more visits to this country and to see more of it in the future.
          Thank You

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