Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj will travel to Nepal for the BIMSTEC foreign ministers meet on 10-11 Aug 17. The meeting will help prepare for the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit—to be held in the Himalayan nation at the end of the year—which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BIMSTEC has received top priority from the Modi government as a viable regional grouping vis-a-vis SAARC—which has been besieged by Pakistan’s intransigence—to approve key regional connectivity initiatives and counter-terror plans. India invited all BIMSTEC leaders for the outreach of the BRICS leaders at the grouping’s summit last October in Goa.
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