Improving relations between Bangladesh and neighbouring countries have taken a further step forward with the visit to Dacca by the Foreign Minster of Nepal.
GV INTERIOR: VIPs seated with Mr. Krishna Raj Aryal, Nepalese Foreign Minister (3 shots) (silent)
SV: Raj Aryal speaking as reporters take notes. (5 shots)
SV: Mr. Raj Aryal speaking as press take notes. (2 shots)
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Background: Improving relations between Bangladesh and neighbouring countries have taken a further step forward with the visit to Dacca by the Foreign Minster of Nepal. Mr. Krishna Raj Aryal began his three-day visit on Sunday (27 November)-the first trip to Dacca by a Nepalese minister since the creation of Bangladesh six year ago.
SYNOPSIS: Political observers in Dacca see great significance in the visit, especially since, earlier this month, India and Bangladesh ended a 25-year dispute on sharing the waters of the lower Ganges river. Observers believe India previously impeded normal relations between Bangladesh and Nepal, but a new attitude is reported in India since the Janata Party came to power there. Nepal now sends thousands of tons rice to Bangladesh, using Indian railway wagons for part of the journey. Nepal may also build water reservoirs inside its territory to hold waters of the Ganges during the monsoon, for release during the dry months. Mr. Raj Aryal told reporters he had not come because of problems, but to develop closer relations. King Birendra of Nepal is expected to cement these with a visit to Dacca early next year.