Kathmandu, Nepal, August 20, 2019: Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali has claimed that no talks will be held with Indian external affairs minister S Jaishankar, who is arriving here on Wednesday for a two-day visit to Nepal to participate in the fifth meeting of the Nepal-India Joint Commission, going beyond the formal dialogue on scheduled issues.
Speaking at the press conference organized to brief journalists about preparations for the fifth Joint Commission meeting on Monday, Minister Gyawali said that discussions will be held on ranges of issues related to the bilateral issues of mutual interests only.
The issues ranges from recent devastating floods and inundation caused by structures developed by the Indian side to projects and agreements that have failed to make any headway since a long time will be discussed during the meeting, Minister Gyawali said.
According to him, discussions on report prepared by the Eminent Persons' Group, trade, transit, security, border management, energy, water resources, and cross-border connectivity and others related to the bilateral issues will also be discussed during the meeting.
Minister Gyawali refused to comment on Nepali Congress (NC) lawmaker Pradip Giri’s statement at a parliamentary committee that India could turn Nepal into another Sikkim. It is beyond imagination that India would interfere in Nepal's sovereignty, he said.
In a different note, he also said that Nepal want to see India and Pakistan resolve the disputed issue including the recent tense situation in Jammu and Kashmir through peaceful dialogue.
As the issue of Kashmir was not an internal but a bilateral, it should be settled through the peaceful means, Minister Gyawali said. Nepal is always in favor of peace and stability in its neighborhood and it is in favor of peace and stability in Kashmir too, he said.