FS Jaishankar to meet Nepalese, madheshi leaders today

Kathmandu: Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar will meet the Nepalese leadership and the madheshi leaders here today before departing for 37th SAARC Council of Ministers meeting in Pokhara.

Pokhara is all set to host the meeting between March 16 -18 with the ministerial meeting scheduled to be held on March 17.

The Foreign Secretary will leave for Pokhara this evening, while External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will arrive tomorrow morning for the meet.

Meanwhile, Swaraj will be meeting Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on the sidelines of the SAARC meeting.

Aziz is also likely to extend an invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the SAARC Summit in Islamabad.

The meeting comes as a major breakthrough as the two sides have been on extremely strained terms since the Pathankot attack earlier this year which had derailed the Foreign Secretary-level talks in Islamabad in January.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif may meet his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi later this month on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington. (ANI)