Swaraj arrived here on a Mi17 chopper from Gorkhpur, Uttar Pradesh. The 37th SAARC Council of Ministers meeting will take place tomorrow after which she will also hold bilateral talks with her counterparts from several countries.
    
The most anticipated meeting is the one with her Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz. It is expected that this meeting could possibly pave theway for a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in the US later this month.
    
The Minister is likely to raise the issue of the Pathankot attack and nudge Pakistan to take concrete action. Another key meeting of her will be with the Nepali leadership. During his meeting with Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, Nepali Prime Minister  K P Oli had said Nepal's "internal problem" will be resolved soon as talks with the agitating Madhesi parties were heading towards a "positive direction".
    
Oli had also sought India's support in achieving economic prosperity. On the SAARC front, India has been pushing for greater connectivity and integration. India also strongly supports deeper financial integration of the region and for achieving the South Asian Economic Union.
    
Swaraj is expected to bat for these issues besides focussing on counter-terrorism and seeking greater cooperation among SAARC countries to fight trafficking and fake currency among others.

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