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Nepal-Pak agree to enhance trade relations

Pakistan on Sunday stepped up efforts to "revive stalled bilateral ties" with Nepal and are planning to ink a free trade pact as they underlined the need for cooperation among SAARC nations to fight terrorism.

world Updated: Jun 28, 2009 19:35 IST

Pakistan on Sunday stepped up efforts to "revive stalled bilateral ties" with Nepal and are planning to ink a free trade pact as they underlined the need for cooperation among SAARC nations to fight terrorism.

Visiting Pakistani Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir met Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala and his Nepalese counterpart Gyanchandra Acharya and discussed bilateral issues, trade relations, terrorism, education and regional cooperation.

The talks were aimed at comprehensively upgrading economic and trade relations between the two countries, Bashir said adding, "I am here to take stock of the situation and move forward the Pak-Nepal friendly relations."

The visit was a regular one but it took place after a gap of four years due to the political turmoil in Nepal.

"We are trying to revive the bilateral relations as the relations were stalled due to the conflict in Nepal," Acharya said. The last Foreign Secretary level meeting was held in 2005 in Islamabad.

"We also agreed to jointly fight the menace of terrorism and to forge cooperation among the member SAARC countries to fight terrorism," he added.

Last year Pakistan had proposed to sign a FTA with Nepal and now the two countries have agreed that commerce secretary level task force be formed, Acharya added.