India-Nepal relations are underpinned by unique people-to-people linkages, the Defence Minister said

India-Nepal relations offer "limitless potential," Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said, pointing out that it was driven by the people of both the nations and was not limited to the two governments.

India was looking forward to further deepening and strengthening the special relationship between the two countries, he said when Nepal Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali called on him on Saturday.

The two met a day after Gyawali co-chaired the sixth round of Joint Commission Meeting between India and Nepal along with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to review all aspects of cooperation between the two countries and explore ways to further strengthen the traditionally close and friendly ties.

Had a wonderful meeting with the Foreign Minister of Nepal, Shri
today. India’s relations with Nepal are not limited to governments in both the countries but it is driven by the people of the both the nations. India-Nepal relations offer limitless potential," Singh said on Twitter.

Singh pointed out that India-Nepal relations were underpinned by unique people-to-people linkages. During the meeting, the Defence Minister "conveyed his personal connect, long association with leadership and special regard for the people of Nepal," according to an official statement by the Ministry of Defence.

Both of them expressed their satisfaction at the excellent military-to-military cooperation. Singh stated that India was ready to provide Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief (HADR) training & capacity building of Nepal.

While interacting with the Indian Defence Minister, the Nepalese Foreign Minister conveyed greetings from his country's leadership and expressed his desire to deepen the bilateral relations. He also thanked India for all the assistance it has provided in recent months.

Gyawali congratulated India on success in developing the Covid vaccine and expressed confidence that the pandemic would be soon overcome.

Nepal, incidentally, is one of the neighbouring countries which has sought Indian vaccines for its people. During the Joint Commission Meeting on Friday, Gyawali had requested for early provision of the vaccines.