Foreign secretary S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval arrived in Kathmandu on Friday and promised Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala that India would extend all possible help to the earthquake-hit country.
The two also took stock of the relief and rescue operations being carried out by the Indian contingent. Upon their arrival, the duo flew straight to Barapak in Gorkha district to see the National Disaster Response Force in action. Gorkha is among the worst affected districts, where 407 lives have been lost.
As many as 16 NDRF teams comprising 748 members are currently involved in relief and rescue operations across Nepal and have saved 11 lives so far.
Jaishankar and Doval had a meeting lasting half an hour with Koirala and President Ram Baran Yadav in the afternoon.
Officials said the NSA did most of the talking and conveyed Indian PM Narendra Modi’s condolences over the loss of lives in Nepal, saying that Modi was “upset” over the tragedy.
The NSA also sought a list of things required by Nepal and said that India is ready to do “anything and everything” to assist the country. Doval said Nepal deserves credit for the way in which it has conducted the rescue and relief operations.
He also said that the work being done by the Indian contingent is being appreciated by the neighbouring country.
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