Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba to discuss ways to further strengthen close bilateral ties, climate change, combating COVID-19 and recovering from the pandemic. This is his first meeting with Modi after Deuba became the Prime Minister of Nepal in July. The meeting between Modi and Deuba on the sidelines of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Glasgow came after India launched the ‘Resilient Infrastructure for Small Island Countries’ (IRIS) initiative.
Had a productive discussion with PM @SherBDeuba on multiple aspects of the India-Nepal friendship. Subjects relating to fighting the global pandemic and furthering sustainable development are key parts of our bilateral friendship. pic.twitter.com/JKtMbXgb9X— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 2, 2021
The Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement that the two leaders discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in the context of the ongoing efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic. “The two leaders noted the excellent cooperation between India and Nepal during the pandemic, especially in the supply of vaccines, medicines and medical equipment from India to Nepal and in ensuring the free flow of goods across borders,” the statement said. Mentioned.’ The Ministry of External Affairs said that the two leaders also agreed to work together towards a way out of the pandemic situation.
On Monday, Prime Minister Modi held talks with several world leaders, including Deuba, on the sidelines of the COP26 climate summit. Sharing a photo with Deuba, Modi tweeted, “Met Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba in Glasgow. It is important that we continue to work together for sustainable development. He correctly highlighted the threat of climate change in the Himalayan region. Deuba ‘tagged’ Modi’s tweet about the meeting and said he was very happy.
The Prime Minister of Nepal said, “Glad to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi during COP26. Sustainable development is vital – especially for the future of our shared Himalayan region, which is particularly vulnerable. I thank them for highlighting this and emphasizing the importance of working together!’
Apart from this, Prime Minister Modi met President of Ukraine Vladimor Zelensky and discussed bilateral and regional developments. Modi tweeted, “Great meeting with President Vladimore Zelensky. Our meeting will give a new impetus to the friendship between India and Ukraine. The Ministry of External Affairs said that they expressed satisfaction over the cooperation in the time of pandemic, including mutual recognition of COVID vaccination certificates by the two countries. The ministry said that Prime Minister Modi thanked President Zelensky for the supply of oxygen concentrators to India during the second wave of the COVID pandemic earlier this year.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted, “Today on the sidelines of COP-26, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky. Discussed bilateral and regional developments. Also appreciated the cooperation during the COVID-19 pandemic, including mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccination certificates.