The sixth meeting of the India-Nepal Joint Commission was co-chaired by the External
Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nepal H.E. Mr.
Pradeep Kumar Gyawali in New Delhi on 15 January 2021. The two delegations
included Foreign Secretary of India, Shri Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Foreign Secretary
of Nepal, Mr. Bharat Raj Paudyal and other senior officials from both sides.

The Joint Commission comprehensively reviewed all aspects of multifaceted
cooperation between the two countries and explored ways to further strengthen the
traditionally close and friendly ties.both sides discussed several areas of cooperation

including in the areas of connectivity, economy and trade, power, oil and gas, water
resources, political and security issues, border management, development partnership,
tourism, culture, education and capacity building. The significant and concrete progress
made since the last meeting of the Joint Commission in taking forward several bilateral
initiatives was acknowledged.

The close cooperation between the two sides in combating Covid-19 pandemic in the
region was noted. Nepal congratulated India on the remarkable success in production of
Covishield and Covaxin vaccines in India and requested for early provision of vaccines
to Nepal.

Noting the milestone achieved by the Motihari-Amlekhganj petroleum products pipeline,
the two sides discussed the expansion of the pipeline to Chitwan and the establishment
of a new pipeline on the eastern side connecting Siliguri to Jhapa in Nepal.

Both sides welcomed the completion of the work on first passenger railway line between
India and Nepal from Jaynagar to Kurtha via Janakpur, and noted that operating
procedures for commencement of train services were being finalized. Other cross-
border rail connectivity projects, including a possible Raxaul-Kathmandu broad gauge
railway line, were also discussed.

The Joint Commission emphasized the need to facilitate cross border movement of
people and goods. It was noted that the recently inaugurated Integrated Check Posts at
Birgunj and Biratnagar have helped in seamless movement of people and trade
between the two countries. Both sides welcomed the commencement of construction of
third ICP at Nepalgunj.

India conveyed that construction of new ICP at Bhairahwa would
be initiated shortly. Discussions were held on expediting joint hydropower projects,
including the proposed Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project, which have numerous
benefits for the people of both countries.

India conveyed that it would undertake two more cultural heritage projects in Nepal,
namely, the Pashupatinath Riverfront Development and the Bhandarkhal Garden
Restoration in Patan Durbar, with grant assistance.
Both sides also exchanged views on international, regional and sub-regional

cooperation. Nepal expressed support for India’s permanent membership of an
expanded UN Security Council to reflect the changed balance of power.
Both sides agreed to hold the next meeting of the Joint Commission in Nepal on
mutually convenient dates.