Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj will visit Nepal one month from now to participate in the BIMSTEC foreign ministers meeting to be held in Kathmandu amid August 10-11.

Swaraj affirmed her participation in the meet amid chats with her Nepalese partner Krishna Bahadur Mahara in New Delhi on Monday. Nepal is the present chair of the BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) and will gather the grouping’s fourth summit in Kathmandu in the not so distant future.

“I had an extremely productive and fruitful meeting with Swaraj,” Mahara said in Kathmandu on Tuesday on his arrival from New Delhi. “She congratulated us for holding fruitful local elections in Nepal.”

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Mahara and Swaraj noticed that bilateral relations were gaining consistent ground and had been strengthened by the exchange of visits at different levels, a statement from the Nepalese side said. Both leaders evaluated and discussed an extensive variety of issues, including development cooperation, trade and transit, cross-border infrastructure and hydropower projects.

India has been pushing BIMSETIC – whose different members are Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Bhutan – as Pakistan is not an individual from the regional bloc. Contrasts amongst India and Pakistan have blocked progress under the umbrella of the SAARC grouping.

The meeting of the BIMSTEC foreign ministers is required to finish the date for the fourth summit and to evaluate and survey progress made by the grouping. It will likewise chart the future course of the association whose secretariat is in the Bangladesh capital.

Established on June 6, 1997 through the Bangkok Declaration, BIMSTEC includes seven states in the littoral and adjacent areas of the Bay of Bengal.