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Indian minister in Nepal on 'high-priority' visit

Published on Jul 25, 2014 11:19 PM

KATHMANDU (AFP) - India's foreign minister Sushma Swaraj said relations with Nepal were "high priority" as she arrived in the Himalayan nation Friday on a visit to bolster New Delhi's influence in a neighbourhood increasingly engaged by China.

Ms Swaraj's trip, which follows a visit last month to Bangladesh, is part of an ongoing campaign by India's new government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to renew neglected ties as Beijing makes deeper forays into South Asia.

"The new government of India places high priority on Nepal," Ms Swaraj told reporters at Kathmandu airport.

"I am here with a lot of hopes and aspirations and I believe my visit will make India-Nepal relations stronger," she said.

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